Volunteer FAQs

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Tarrant Area Food Bank. The sections below cover some of the most commonly asked questions about TAFB volunteer opportunities. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us by email.

General Questions:
Do I need to attend volunteer orientation before coming to volunteer?

Volunteer orientation is only for court-ordered or lawyer-referred volunteers looking to complete service hours. Learn more about court-ordered/lawyer-referred volunteering.

Some volunteer opportunities do require additional training. Training details will be listed along with the specific volunteer opportunity. View all of our volunteer opportunities.

Do I need to sign up to volunteer ahead of time?

Yes. All volunteers must sign up in advance. We plan projects and assign staff based on the number of volunteers scheduled. Due to scheduling capacity, we may be unable to accommodate walk-in volunteers.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Individuals or families (less than 5 individuals): View available opportunities on our Volunteer page and follow the registration link to sign up. Court-ordered/lawyer-referred volunteers should first register for an upcoming orientation.

Groups (5 or more individuals): View available opportunities on our Volunteer page, follow the registration link to view available volunteer shifts/events and fill out our Group Volunteer Request form.

Are volunteer opportunities available for youth? What is the minimum age?

Yes! Opportunities for children as young as 8 years old are available.

Minimum age requirements vary program by program. To view age requirements for each volunteer opportunity:

  • Visit tafb.org/volunteer
  • Click on the “Register” button for a volunteer opportunity you’re interested in.
  • Select a specific volunteer position and age requirements will be listed there.

Children ages 8-13 require one adult chaperone for every one to three children volunteering. Children ages 14-15 require one adult chaperone for every one to 10 children volunteering. Children ages 16 and up do not require adult supervision during volunteer shifts.


Do I need a background check to volunteer?

Background checks are only required for volunteers who are 18 years or older and would like to volunteer for the programs listed below:

  • Cooking Matters
  • Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Group Questions:
How many volunteers can be in a group?

Five or more individuals are considered a group.  If there are 4 or fewer individuals, please register as “Individuals or Families.”  The maximum group size cannot exceed the “Volunteers Needed” for a shift/event.

Court-Ordered Community Service Questions:
Can I complete court-ordered community service at Tarrant Area Food Bank?

Yes, provided that your charges are NOT related to an act of violence or sexual misconduct. You must bring verification of your charges to a scheduled orientation. All court-ordered community service must be completed in Quality Control.