Youth Programs

Providing Impactful Programs for Children and Teens

Serving children and teens in our 13-county service area has always been a top priority for Tarrant Area Food Bank. Since 1993, we have partnered with various schools, community organizations, churches, housing communities, and healthcare organizations to offer programs that help meet their nutritional needs.

Our newest approach is developing programs to raise awareness and educate children and teens in our community, so they are better equipped to make healthier choices as they grow. The best way to do this is through nutrition and gardening education.

Children of all ages can learn about the physical and mental health benefits of gardening and participate in hands-on cooking and nutrition activities, by making healthy snacks or tasty alternatives to chips and sodas.

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Junior Ambassador Program

What is the Junior Ambassador Program?

An opportunity for high school Seniors who are enthusiastic about ending hunger and want to engage in advocacy efforts, become knowledgeable about TAFB’s work, get hands-on leadership experience, and earn community service hours.

The program culminates in a student-designed project that is presented to Tarrant Area Food Bank’s senior leadership team. Participants are eligible to receive priority selection for paid internships next summer at TAFB.

Junior Ambassadors will learn to:

• Reduce the stigma associated with food insecurity
• Delve into the root causes of hunger
• Provide peer-support
• Develop strong leadership skills
• Become an advocate for change

What are the eligibility requirements?

• Senior in high school during the 2022-2023 school year
• Parent/guardian permission
• Committed to attending monthly meetings at Tarrant Area Food Bank, located just West of downtown Fort Worth.

How do I apply?

Complete the digital application and upload a Letter of Reference.

• The application deadline is Friday, August 26, 2022.
• All applicants will be notified by September 1, 2022.

Questions? Contact Viviana Martinez, Youth Programs Coordinator at or 817-857-7154.

What are the important dates and events?

• Monthly Meetings will occur on the 2nd Thursday of September-May, 5:30 pm – 7 pm.
• Welcome Reception: Thursday, September 8, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
(For Ambassadors and family)
• Closing Presentation: Thursday, May 11, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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Food Assistance Programs

In School Pantries

Provide access to a food pantry onsite for students and their families. Tarrant Area Food Bank supplies the food and consults on space limitations. Pantry volunteers can include students, PTA members, and/or staff.

School Mobile Distributions

Provide hunger relief resources on campus. A challenge many families face in receiving food assistance is time and location. Families receive produce, protein and other grocery items at a one-stop shop.

Educational Programs

Nutrition Education

Learn about the importance of growing and eating nutritious fruits and vegetables. Choose from our menu of evidence-based curriculum on cooking and gardening topics. Students will engage in hands-on activities and take home seeds to start their own container garden.

Summer Camps

Camps with TAFB provide age-appropriate nutrition education for youth K-12. Classes can be done at a host location, hosted at TAFB, or a collaboration of both. Each class will include hands-on activities and a healthy snack preparation.

Get to Know Tarrant Area Food Bank

This experience provides education on how a food bank operates. Activities include a tour of the distribution center and Mission Kitchen. It concludes with a cooking or gardening demo and a snack.

Junior Ambassador Program

An opportunity for high school students who are passionate about ending hunger to engage in advocacy efforts, become knowledgeable about TAFB’s work, and get hands-on experience in coordinating a community fundraiser. The experience culminates in a fund drive by the Ambassadors.


Community Partnership Programs

The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Hope Squad Program

Help children understand the effects of hunger on mental health and well-being. This toolkit enables youth to identify the signs and help peers struggling with hunger. Workshops are free and can be paired with a mobile food distribution.

Cowtown Marathon C.A.L.F. Program

Providing children in the Cowtown C.A.L.F. Program a week-long summer camp experience focused on physical health and nutrition. Children will spend half a day with Tarrant Area Food Bank engaged in hands-on nutrition activities such as cooking and gardening.

City of Fort Worth Community Centers

Tarrant Area Food Bank is dedicated to enhancing CFW Community Center's camps by providing nutrition and gardening education on-site. Last year this was offered at Como and North Tri Community Center. This year we are looking to expand that further.

R.E.D. Bus

Interested in having TAFB at your event? Consider requesting our new R.E.D Bus at your event. Designed to provide community resource assistance, nutrition education and nutritious food to communities, the RED Bus could enhance any school or community event!
Click Here to Check Eligibility Requirements to Book Now!

Get Involved!

Kid-friendly volunteer options are available in the garden, kitchen, or distribution center.
Click Here to Sign Up to Volunteer!

Viviana Martinez
Program Coordinator, Children’s Initiatives