The Volunteer Experience

Volunteers are invaluable to community service and to the North Texas Food Bank. Without volunteer help, NTFB can’t provide food to the hundreds of thousands of North Texans that it currently serves.

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Distribution Center

Our distribution center volunteer experience includes sorting and packing food for distribution to a network of more than 250 Partner Agencies. Our Partners vary in type and size and include food pantries, after school programs, senior meal programs, shelters, soup kitchens and other facilities. We have a number of stations set up to accommodate volunteer groups of all sizes, from families and individuals to large groups. Volunteers are asked to participate in tasks ranging from sorting incoming donations and unsalable items, to an assembly line which produces boxes of food items for our various programs.

Our distribution center is open for volunteers during the following times:

Tuesday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Sunday: Closed for volunteers

Monday: Closed for volunteers

**SPECIAL NOTES** for Distribution Center volunteers: 
Please note our Distribution Center volunteer times are currently 2 hours, instead of the typical 2.5 hours - we hope to be able to move back to 2.5 hour shifts in the near future. Our greatest need for volunteers continues to be during the weekday. 

Submit a request to volunteer.

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Our Community Pantry

"Our Community Pantry"

NTFB is serving the South Dallas community through "Our Community Pantry", a client choice food pantry located near the Fair Park area.  Volunteers will interact with up to 100 families a day while helping with stocking, intake, clerical, shopping or check-out.  Shifts usually last 4 hours and duties are assigned during orientation.  Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.  Submit a request to volunteer.

"Our Community Pantry" volunteer hours are as follows:

Monday: 7:45 a.m. to noon
Tuesday:
1:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday:
 7:45 a.m. to noon
Thursday:
1:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Special Events

NTFB benefits from more than a hundred community service events each year. Periodically, these events need volunteers to help facilitate and run them. We’d love to have you join us! Special Event volunteers are recruited on an as-needed basis. Please let us know if you’d like to be added to our list of special event volunteers.

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Cooking Matters

Help our Nutrition Education department provide education on nutrition, culinary skills, food budgeting and food safety to agency clients by serving as a chef, nutritionist, grocery shopper or classroom manager.

Cooking Matters holds 6-week nutrition/cooking classes in various locations across Dallas. Volunteer requirements include:

1. Chef instructors: teach about basic culinary skills, food safety and other food tips through a cooking demo.

  • Should have formal culinary experience/training
  • Some culinary students that have completed several classes may fill this role

2. Nutrition instructors: teach basic nutrition principles in an interactive manner.

  • Should have formal nutrition education
  • Registered Dietitians preferred

3. Grocery Shoppers: shop for ingredients needed for our cooking demos and grocery handouts.

  • Volunteers often come from a variety of different backgrounds

4. Classroom Managers: ensure order in classroom; assist in all aspects of class (set-up, clean-up, etc.)

  • Perfect for those wanting to observe a class before becoming an instructor
  • Should be willing to take initiative

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Administrative Projects

Help with mailings, database management, courtesy calls and other clerical duties in our offices. Administrative volunteers are recruited on an as-needed basis. Please let us know if you’d like to be added to our list of administrative volunteers.

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Food for Families

Food for Families is a cooperative effort between NTFB and more than 250 Partner Agencies to provide supplemental food to families. Work outdoors to sort and distribute food to Partner Agencies across Dallas County. Opportunities include roles as site coordinators and site volunteers at various locations on two Thursday mornings every month and every Friday morning.

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Social Services Outreach

Volunteers in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Corps will be fully trained to provide application assistance at events and agencies within the community. This includes applications for SNAP, Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Help us bridge the gap between available funding and those in need of assistance.

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Garden Volunteers

The North Texas Food Bank supports community gardening.  Garden Volunteers assist by planting, harvesting and weeding community gardens donating a portion of their produce to feed hungry people.  Gardening volunteers are requested on an as-needed basis (approximately 1-2 times each month).  Submitting a request for this volunteer opportunity will add you to the list of volunteers from which we recruit as needed.

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School Pantries

School Pantries

The School Pantry program is a partnership between NTFB and four schools in the Dallas area. Each month, nearly 2,000 children and their families receive produce and/or shelf-stable food items through an onsite pantry distribution at school.

Volunteer opportunities include sorting and packing food and distributing food to children and families. All opportunities take place onsite at participating schools at various times between 1-5 p.m. Volunteers must pass a background check. Registered School Pantry volunteers will receive an email for each available opportunity. Please let us know if you’d like to be added to our list of School Pantry volunteers!

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Nourishing Neighbors (Grocery Delivery)

The North Texas Food Bank is looking for volunteers who will be able to deliver groceries to our senior and disabled clients once every 2 weeks for at least 6 months. Volunteers will pick up food at NTFB. The route assigned should take approximately 2 hours to complete. 

Volunteers must pass a background check, have reliable transportation and complete an orientation to be eligible for a route. If you are interested in this new volunteer opportunity, please submit your information here.

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Learn about each opportunity by clicking the links below:
Distribution Center
"Our Community Pantry"
Special Events
Cooking Matters
Administrative projects
Food for Families
Social Services Outreach
Garden Volunteers
School Pantries
Nourishing Neighbors (Grocery Delivery)

Thank You
Dean Foods


Support for NTFB includes financial gifts, nutritious product, volunteerism and a commitment to the community.

North Texas Food Bank 4500 S. Cockrell Hill Road Dallas, TX 75236-2028 214.330.1396 (MAP IT)

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