We’ve featured 10 top food banks in Fort Worth, Texas below. Continue reading to learn about them.
The Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) has been serving the Fort Worth community since it opened its doors in 1982. Forty years later, this food bank provides food for many smaller food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and other programs that serve those suffering from food poverty. Additionally, TAFB facilitates multiple free farmers’ markets for those on SNAP or WIC benefits as well as the general public.
If you struggle to put food on your table, you can turn to the Community Food Bank in Fort Worth for help. The food bank is open four days per week to distribute perishable and non-perishable food items to all households in need of assistance with food insecurity. Each recipient can return every two weeks for additional food supplies to meet the nutritional needs of their family.
4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry is a mobile pantry provided by the Episcopal Church in Fort Worth in partnership with the Tarrant Area Food Bank. They provide food to area residents once each month. Each household is limited to one distribution of canned, dry, fresh and frozen food once per month, but there are no qualification requirements to get help. Groceries are handed out via drive-thru or walk-up. Rolling carts are given to those who walk or take the bus to the site.
The Northside Inter-Community Agency was established in 1969 to help the poor in their Fort Worth community. Since then, they have grown to help multiple counties in the surrounding area by providing emergency food assistance. Their focus is on providing non-perishable food staples to all, with a particular emphasis on the elderly and disabled, who are at high risk of food poverty. Backpack programs for students for out of school hours are also supported.
The Help Out Center has provided food assistance to its Fort Worth neighbors since 2016. They are open six days a week by appointment to provide a monthly allotment of groceries to all in need. They also partner with area educational providers to deliver students meals and snacks so they don’t go hungry outside school hours. During the holiday season, they provide their clients baskets with the makings of a family Christmas dinner.
If your kitchen cabinets are bare and you have no way to fill them, there is help available. The St. Vincent de Paul Society established a food pantry within the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, to serve members of the public by providing much-need nutritional assistance to households across Fort Worth. The food pantry is open three days a week to provide emergency food supplies of non-perishable food items to all in need.
7. West Aid
West Aid has been investing in the good health of their community for nearly 40 years. Their food pantry is staffed by volunteers who open the doors three days a week to Fort Worth area residents. On the first day, area residents can choose from a list of items meant to provide for a week’s worth of meals. The other two days are open for the general public to receive a bag of non-perishable and perishable items. Sack lunches are provided on all days for the homeless.
Orlando and Joann Reyes established the Fort Worth Hope Center (FWHC) in 2003. The food pantry at FWHC is open two days a week to provide food for families, and two days a week to provide food to local church pantries for further distribution at their locations. During the holidays, they provide the ingredients for a celebration meal. The food pantry also provides pet food for those who need help feeding their furry family members.
The United Methodist Church of Fort Worth operates the First Street Methodist Mission (FSMM) near their church. In addition to providing shelter for the homeless, FSMM maintains a food pantry that distributes bags of healthy groceries twice per week, including infant formula or food. The pantry also provides sack lunches to the homeless each of these days and invites all to share a hot or cold drink with their community while waiting.
The Community Storehouse Food Pantry was established by community members who wanted to tackle hunger among their Fort Worth residents. The food pantry provides vouchers for up to three months, depending on an assessment of each family’s needs. These vouchers can be used to visit the pantry for groceries regularly. Those needing emergency assistance are not turned away but must register for more substantial help.