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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: Provide food and resources to NW Tarrant County.

Target demographics: Individuals, families, senior citizens and the disabled

Direct beneficiaries per year: -Assisted 11,825 Families -Assisted roughly 38,800+ Individuals -15% of households served were senior citizens - 30% of households had children under the age of 18 - 413 were college students -Registered an average of 76 new families a month for services -Distributed 1,406,398 pounds of food to families in our community in 2018 -Assisted over 2,000 kids at our Back 2 School Bash -Assisted over 1,000 kids at our Christmas event - 533 volunteers gave 14,881 hours of their time for an average of 26.9 hours per volunteer in 2018

Geographic areas served: NW Tarrant County

Programs: We will provide non-cash assistance, including 1.4 million pounds of food, to over 11,000 households in 2018.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing so glad!! If it wasn’t for you guys my family would have had some Hungry months. I found an amazing job because you guys posted they were hiring, I’m now getting a promotion at said wonderful job. So thankful to what you guys do everyday!!

Riley W.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This place truly feeds the physical AND spiritual needs of our bodies. What a blessing they are to our community and to its volunteers!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Community link fills the gap that so many aren’t able to do for those in a time of need. They show the love of Christ by supplying folks with a basic need of food. They aren’t just feeding the body, but the soul as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children (16 and 14 years old) and I volunteer as often as we can. The clients are so thankful for Community Link, which is a blessing in itself. However, the volunteers we work with are so kind, gracious and complimentary, we never want to leave. At Community Link, we have found our people and we get to help out our community too.

1 Karen Johnson D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the mission and love all the volunteers and staff! Caring hearts and love of people. Giving all we can to help the community!

2 Rosezayas

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being newly to a limited income as I am a new social security recipient you learn very quickly did you made a mistake when you were younger and then save more to prepare when you are older. This community link has been a lifesaver to me and I appreciate them and the community that supports them very much. The staff is outstanding and they are there always to lend a hand, to give a hug,and to shake your hand and wish you well. Thank you for your service to all of us

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a senior citizen a fixed income is something to adjust for. With the increasing prices of many other things Community Link has been a blessing to me in assisting with my food needs. One going to the location the staff treat you like family, they're smiling and courteous and never do they make you feel uncomfortable they make you feel loved. Thank you for your assistance and all your help that you are providing the community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer when Community Link was located in the little house down the street.It has been amazing to watch it grow into the building space it now occupies. What a blessing it is to be a part of an organization that is able to feed and help so many people in our community. With the generosity of so many of our local stores we are able to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat. I volunteer every Monday because I love working with the other volunteers and interacting with the clients and hearing their stories.

1 Dee Dee S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

So friendly and helps me so much ... I am on disability and need a little help and they go above and beyond and never are belittling to you... this is the best place and people ever... I appreciate them so much..❤❤❤

1 Craig B.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm amazed by the work this group does! Providing emergency food to those who need it most. They provide these services with a minimum of paid staff, and a great resource of volunteers. It almost seems like magic how they're able to move goods in and out of a small space. I recently participated in a supplemental program where toy donations were made available to families in need. The people walking through left with a car load full of items to ensure that their kids had something to open on Christmas day. I hope that this group can keep it going for many years to come!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Community link for three years. I love working with this group because they treat their clients like it's just a day at the grocery store. Clients are treated with dignity and respect from the moment they check in, to filling out the grocery list, to the final loading of groceries in the car. I'm also amazed that nearly 1/2 of the pantry is frozen meat and refrigerated goods. Another 1/4 is fresh fruit and vegetables. Not only does Community Link provide about 100 pounds of food per family, but they stock healthy and fresh items whenever possible. CL closes at a certain time each day, but I've never seen anyone turn a desperate (but late) person away. I keep going back because it doesn't feel like volunteering for a charity, it feels a lot like working in a grocery store with a lot of people who care about their neighbors.

2 Karen Thomas N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteer: This charity goes above and beyond to help those in need. The volunteers are wonderful hard working people. They serve those in need with respect and compassion. It is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. They have plenty of fresh healthy fruits and vegetables. Lots of canned goods.
I volunteer on Mondays.

2 Kristen A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a family of 4 move in with us, a family of 5, in July to help them get on their feet from moving from another state. We only had 2 adults working at the time while others were out of work for various reasons. We were really struggling with paying bills let alone feeding 9 people. Someone had posted on local FB page about community link and it was an answer to our prayers. The volunteers were super nice and the amount they gave us in good definitely helped us get through that overwhelming slump. We are very thankful we found such a wonderful place to help our family.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization continues to amaze me, serving 100s of families every month. And when there’s a need, the community responds. I’m only able to volunteer on Saturdays. Every month, I am humbled by the clients we serve. My family has been blessed and I try to share those blessings whenever I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer with Community Link since the very beginning (June 2005) when a group from four area churches met to discuss how to address food insecurity in the Saginaw and surrounding areas. We opened in a small house a year later and haven't looked back. It has been exciting to watch this organization grow and serve this community. I am honored to work directly with the clients, hear their stories, cry with them, laugh with them, and be blessed by them (yes, volunteers are blessed often more than the clients). The entire community has gotten behind this organization by donated inventory, holding food drives, donating $$, and sending volunteers every time the doors are open. Fighting hunger, giving hope (a motto we could all embrace). Thank you Community Link for all you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated to this organization over the years. It wasn't until the past few months, that I started volunteering as one of the people who gathered the groceries for the clients. After a few months, I started interviewing clients. Now they have computerized their client information to better serve the clients.
This organization has wholeheartedly embraces their clients without judgment. They have increased helping people through Back to School drives which include back packs full of school supplies, haircuts, eye exams, etc. During Christmas they have a huge drive to provide gifts for needy families to select from. I'm very proud to say I'm a volunteer of Community link.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been helping out at Community Link for a few years now as a ‘shopper.’ After a client has a list filled out, I take that list and ‘shop’ for that client. Sometimes there’s only one person for that list; sometimes 8 or more. I gather everything from shampoo, canned veggies, fresh fruit, frozen meats, dairy....everything that a family needs to help feed them during a difficult time. Everything is put into grocery bags, then we load our items into their car. What really grabs your heartstrings is when a little child, waiting in the backseat, will grab something from those items to eat because, as their mom/dad/grandparent/guardian explains, there was no breakfast that morning and their little child was hungry. Makes you realize this place really makes a difference.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Community Link has been very helpful to our family and we’ve been blessed beyond measure! Sometimes everyone just needs a little to get by on and they (volunteers) do it with such a humble heart it doesn’t feel like we are less than any other!!

2 lal50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer at Community Link. I LOVE working here. Not only is the staff great but so are the other volunteers & the clients. I have a great time & it is very obvious by the “thank yous” that we get from the clients that we are needed & necessary.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here this year & I LOVE it. The people who work there are wonderful & the clients are always so appreciative. We have a good time -- lots of joking & laughter while doing our work.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I come to the food bank out of necessity the volunteers are so friendly and treat us with respect and dignity. I'm often reminded of how Jesus fed the masses with loafs of bread and fishes. Without the wonderful people who donate with all of their heart I would go hungry or digging through trash you not only feed my body but my soul. Thank you

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! I was visiting my friend when a couple of members of the mission delivered a trailer for his bicycle. They had seen that for him to take home the food they provided required several trips back and forth, as the amount of cargo space on a bicycle is pretty scarce, and wanted to make things easier for him. I was really impressed by their kindness.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Community Link helped me bless my grandchildren for Christmas, after their Dad had heart surgery. My grandson is 7 and played all day Christmas with the special toys and gifts and kept saying "this is the Best Christmas ever"!! It was as if God picked out his toys just for him!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME & HELP WHEN THINGS WERE DIFFICULT!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Community Link is making a daily impact in the lives of those North Texans in need. I have been and continue to be amazed at the generosity that has blessed this mission. More is needed as more can be done. A heavy load is being carried to support this amazing effort and it is ideal to help distribute that load. If you can volunteer, give, or support them in any way you will be making an immediate impact in your community.