The Tarrant Area Food Bank opens its new facility, TAFB West in Parker County, with a grand opening celebration, Thursday, April 14 from 1-2p. The ribbon-cutting and community event will welcome community leaders and key dignitaries who represent the community at large and show support for the non-profit celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022.
Tarrant Area Food Bank West is the first branch location, a $6 million facility in Weatherford that allows the food bank to help more people with expanded programs and improved logistical capabilities in the rapidly growing area of Parker and 6 surrounding counties. The new facility will pilot new programs that can be rolled out across both locations, which will enhance the services the nonprofit can offer across its service area.
“Over the last number of years, during the pandemic, Tarrant Area Food Bank identified gaps in services for individuals in need of human and social services in the more rural counties of our 13-county service area,” said Julie Butner, President and CEO of the Tarrant Area Food Bank. “Our donors and corporate partners stepped up and with their support we acquired the facility, built it out, and brought some innovation to food bank programs we look to launch in the coming years.”
Beyond a commercial kitchen, food preparation area, and large cooler/freezer space, the new 28,00 square-foot structure at 112 Winner’s Circle in Weatherford will include an in-store model food pantry called the Mission Market, presented by H-E-B grocery stores, an outdoor community garden, SNAP and other community resource benefit enrollment areas, as well as a volunteer center/meeting space, all designed to educate and provide resources to the Parker County community at large.
Each week the Tarrant Area Food Bank serves over 1 million + meals to the community across their 13-county service area, with its fleet of trucks delivering goods to over 450 partner agencies. The food bank saw a need to reach more people in rural areas and determined a distribution center in Parker County will allow TAFB to distribute food faster and more efficiently and cost-effectively for targeted rural counties in their service area. The strategic placement of the satellite location in Weatherford allows TAFB West to service 50% of TAFB’s geographical service area and 15-20% of persons in need out of this new facility.
While eliminating hunger is its priority, TAFB West is also looking to assist its clients with access to local resources to stabilize their lives, including nutrition, health and wellness classes, demonstrations on healthy cooking, diabetes prevention, and gardening.
Who/What: This community event will kick off with words from Congressman Roger Williams and other fellow dignitaries. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be conducted in conjunction with the Weatherford and East Parker County Chambers of Commerce.
When: Thursday, April 14th -1p-2p
Where: TAFB West’s Distribution Center – 112 Winners Circle, Weatherford, TX 76087
Why: Tarrant Area Food Bank is proud to launch the grand opening of its new facility which will reach more of those in need, specifically targeting neighbors in the 7 surrounding counties that TAFB West will service to provide access to more food.
Tarrant Area Food Bank West opens during a very important time of the year for hunger fighters, as the start of Summer sees more need for kids who are out of school and not receiving free and reduced breakfast/lunches. The grand opening will feature tours of the facility, staff introductions, and light refreshments. Whether it is by advocating and raising awareness about hunger in the community, making donations, or volunteering there are ways to make a difference with the Tarrant Area Food Bank.