DynCorp International team members in Fort Worth, Texas, donated more than 1,000 items to the Tarrant Area Food Bank’s holiday food drive. The donations, weighing a total of more than 930 pounds, included a variety of non-perishable food items such as canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, dried beans, pastas and rice, soups, juices, baby formula, diapers, toiletries cleaning products, and paper goods.
The Tarrant Area Food Bank
The Tarrant Area Food Bank’s (TAFB) mission is to empower communities to eliminate hunger by providing food, education and resources through innovation and collaboration.
TAFB is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that serves Tarrant and 12 neighboring counties on the west side of the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) metropolitan area. It serves as a distribution hub for hunger-relief charities and social services centers. As a central clearinghouse for donated food and groceries, the food bank receives fresh, frozen and nonperishable food donated by the food industry and the community. Donations are distributed from a 69,000 square-foot warehouse in Fort Worth, Texas 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.
Food Collection and Distribution at TAFB
TAFB’s primary feeding program is the distribution of food to their network of hunger-relief charities that provide emergency groceries, meals and snacks.
TAFB’s resources include:
- A fleet of refrigerated trucks and licensed commercial drivers to pick up surplus fresh, frozen and dry product from food manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers
- Dry and refrigerated warehouse space
- Forklifts and pallet jacks to move food from trucks to warehouse to partner charities’ vehicles
- Trained staff to move, inventory and temporarily store donated food
- Time and assistance from thousands of volunteers each year to sort, inspect and re-pack food that are distributed to partner charities
- Distribution of surplus food by regional food banks like Tarrant Area Food Bank also saves billions of pounds of nutritious food from being wasted.