Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the Community Food Bank, 3000 Galvez Ave., to get it done while doing things a little different.
“Our slogan is Feeding Families but we also call it feeding hope,” Chief Operations Officer Rudy Taylor said. “We feed people directly. We’re more of a food pantry than a food bank but, with 600 people a day, bigger volume than churches do.”
Workers and volunteers distribute food 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Those in need are encouraged to show up with an ID and allowed to come every two weeks.
In addition to food, Community Food Bank occasionally distributes clothing, furniture and free Amazon mystery boxes.
“It’s a big, sealed box,” Taylor said. “You don’t know what’s in it and it’s a big hit for the community. I call it Christmas on Galvez Avenue cause it’s just fun.”
Donations are always appreciated.
“Just like anybody else, we’re no different from any nonprofit,” Taylor said. “You never have enough of anything.”
Donations needs run year round but the push right now consists of getting ready for Thanksgiving.
“We feed over 5,000 people,” Taylor said. “We give them food to take home to prepare but try to give them a complete meal.”
To that end, canned goods, non-perishables and, soon, frozen turkeys are needed.
“Everybody who has Thanksgiving dinner wants a turkey,” Taylor said. “Every little kid wants a Thanksgiving turkey on the table. That’s the tradition I had as a child and the tradition I gave my children. That's one good family meal where you sit down, talk and be together. So that’s our big event every year.
“Last year we fed 5,300 and hope to do at least that many this year. People drive up, we put it in their trunk and they keep on going. The one difference is we register people in advance instead of just letting them show up like they do during our normal weeks. Because, if we did, it would get crazy.”
Like other nonprofits, Community Food Bank experienced a dip in donations throughout the pandemic not to mention the loss of volunteers.
We get a lot of our food from Walmart and Trader Joe’s,” Taylor said. “But their food supply chains busted and whatever food they had they were selling out to their customers.”
Taylor credits the Amon Carter and Sid Richardson foundations among others and the Fort Worth community for stepping up to get them through.
“God is all over this,” Taylor said. “He brings the right people at the right time to make sure we feed his people.”