Community Kitchen

Tarrant Area Food Bank’s Community Kitchen provides free culinary job training to prepare men and women from all backgrounds for work in food services. The TAFB Community Kitchen gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and give back to the community.

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Join Community Kitchen

Are you interested in being a student in one of our upcoming classes? The first step is attending one of our upcoming information sessions.

Fill out our Community Kitchen Interest Form to be the first to know about the next info sessions.

During the 16-week Program, Students:
  • Learn from the TAFB professional chefs
  • Participate in demonstrations given by community professional chefs
  • Receive coaching in life skills and job readiness
  • Prepare meals that are made available to TAFB Partner Agencies
  • Showcase their new skills at on-site catering events for TAFB
  • Serve a two-week unpaid internship at a local food service institution
  • Celebrate their accomplishments at a formal graduation ceremony (View Photos)


Since its inception in 2007, 283 students have successfully completed the program. On average, more than 80 percent of Community Kitchen students have continued to be employed at least one year after graduation.

Meet Our Chefs

Chef Manuel Vasquez

Chef Manny Vasquez is the executive chef of TAFB’s Community Kitchen. For the aspiring chefs that come through the program, he serves as teacher, trainer, mentor and coach. Learn more.

Chef Dedrich Flint

Chef Dedrich Flint is the production chef for the Community Kitchen. Under his leadership, students prepare the nutritious single-serve meals that make it to the tables of families in need. Learn more about “Chef D.”

To offer an internship site or employment or for information about the program, contact Community Kitchen Manager Barbara Higbee (Ms. B) at 817-857-7144 or