Over the past 30 years, thanks to the ongoing, consistent support of the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund, Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) has been able to expand services to meet the steadily increasing need for food assistance that has followed the increase in population in our service region. As unrestricted operations support, the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund has been particularly helpful in enabling TAFB to invest in operations and programming that best served the growing need at any particular time.
In the 30 years since the fund was established, the population of Tarrant and the 12 other counties served by Tarrant Area Food Bank has tripled. In 1985, the population of TAFB’s service region was about 1 million. In 2014, that population is more than 3 million, of whom more than half a million are food insecure.
In 1985, Tarrant Area Food Bank was in its fourth year of collecting and distributing donated food and was providing food equivalent to about 43,000 meals per week. Presently, Tarrant Area Food Bank provides food for more than 10 times that number of meals, or 462,000 nutritious meals each week. Their goal for 2020 is to have the capacity to provide food for 740,000 nutritious meals per week.
In addition to distributing food from their warehouse, TAFB has expanded their distribution through mobile pantries that make monthly visits to communities. Stopping at designated locations, the mobile pantries deliver fresh produce, dairy and protein products that are not readily available in the surrounding area due to the lack of full-scale grocery stores.
Tarrant Area Food Bank has also been able to provide value-added programming such as culinary job training and direct feeding programs for children during the school year and summer months.
To celebrate 30 years of giving from the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund, Community Foundation of North Texas is hosting a series called 13 Days of Giving. Each weekday through December 17, we’ll share a story highlighting how one of the nonprofits benefitting from the fund has impacted this region. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to receive the daily alerts, or visit www.cfntx.org.