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Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs, Nutrition

Mission: The mission of the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) is empowering communities to eliminate hunger by providing food, education and resources through innovation and collaboration. TAFB receives fresh, frozen and nonperishable food donated by the food industry and the community. We distribute this product from our 69,000 square-foot warehouse in Fort Worth to more than 300 partner agencies that serve abuse victims, children, the elderly, the chronically ill, the unemployed, the working poor, the homeless and other Texans in need.

Results: Tarrant Area Food Bank distributes about 600,000 pounds of produce each month to more than 300 partner agencies in Tarrant County and 12 surrounding counties. Between agencies, mobile solutions, kid’s programs and SNAP – TAFB is providing access to more than 460,000 nutritious meals to those in need each week.

Programs: Tarrant area food bank (tafb) collects and distributes nutritious, surplus food and related non-food products such as cleaning supplies and paper products. In the past year, tafb recovered 33. 7 million pounds of wholesome food and viable non-food items that otherwise would have been discarded and distributed them to our network of partner agencies. The tafb network consists of 300-plus nonprofit organizations and over 1,000 programs in tarrant and 12 other north texas counties. These food assistance agencies and hunger relief programs provide support in the form of bags of groceries to take home, hot meals served on-site or healthy snacks served during a group activity.

tarrant area food bank (tafb) offers six unique feeding programs that focus on the nutritional needs of children. (1) kid's caf / after school feeding program - feeds children who receive subsidized meals at school but cannot rely on having dinner at home. (2) weekend back packs / summer packs - provides back packs filled with child friendly nonperishables for students and their school aged siblings. (3) in school snack programs - snacks are available to at risk kids on an as needed basis to help them focus during the school day. (4) school pantries - once a month a tafb truck delivers food to schools in low income areas; 80% of the food is fresh fruits and vegetables. (5) summer feeding program - tafb partners with the usda to provide free daily meals to children 18 and under in targeted low income areas. (6) farmer's market nutritional program -- tafb partners with the texas department of agriculture to provide locally sourced fresh produce during the summer months to women and children. In total, tafb and its partners provided access to over 600,000 meals through these kid friendly, family focused programs.

tarrant area food bank's (tafb) educational and outreach programs primarily consist of a culinary arts school, a series of nutritional education classes, a community garden and social outreach. Tafb's community kitchen is primarily a learning center that provides life skills and culinary arts job training but also doubles as a production kitchen that produces an average of 5,000 meals per month. The students benefit from receiving hands-on instruction from professional chefs and by developing job ready interpersonal skills to help with job search and retention -85% of graduates find full time employment after graduation. The community benefits by receiving 60,000 nutritious meals prepared from food that would otherwise have gone to waste. Cooking matters is a hands-on six week cooking class that is offered to adults, teens and families in low income areas. The classes cover meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition. Shopping matters is a companion class that takes the students inside local grocers to learn how to compare foods for cost and nutrition. Over the past twelve months, over 500 people have participated in these classes and prepared over 6,300 nutritious meals for themselves and their families. Tafb's community gardens program consists of a network of organizations helping to feed the hungry through local, sustainable fruit and vegetable gardens. Tafb provides the leadership and technical support for this program through its learning garden. At the learning garden, tafb offers hands on training in growing fresh produce to bolster nutrition and physical activity. We also provide the community with access to our seed bank, the ability to borrow tools and equipment and an opportunity for garden enthusiast to give back to the community. Over two tons of fresh produce from 16 urban gardens was provided directly to garden participants, food pantries, and local soup kitchens. Families and individuals who seek food aid from partner agencies of tarrant area food bank are often eligible for the national supplemental nutrition assistance program (snap), formerly known as the food stamp program. Snap is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income and unemployed people purchase nutritious foods. The outreach staff also assists eligible families apply for the children's health insurance program (chip), medicaid and/or temporary assistance for needy families (tanf). Through these efforts, over $9 million dollars of benefits were provided to children, families and seniors.

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