To feed the hungry, to add value to their life, and to improve our community by efficiently collecting and distributing food, through partner agencies.
The Community Food Bank is in its 30th year of operation. It is a Texas non-profit corporation, is exempt under section 501(c)(3) and classified under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
In 1982, local philanthropists, Mr. and Mrs. Arlen Volder started a soup kitchen located in the Beautiful Feet Church of Fort Worth, Texas. They soon realized the overwhelming need for warm meals and the soup kitchen quickly moved into a building of a former a lumber yard. A year later, the soup kitchen incorporated to Loaves & Fishes and moved to a new location, an old Jax Beer Distribution Warehouse at 3200 Yuma in South Fort Worth. As the demand grew for their services, the name changed to The Metroplex Food Bank to reflect its expanding client base. The food bank successfully operated for many years until a devastating arson fire in 2006 resulted in the loss of the building.
Though gutted, the food bank persevered with its mission to fight hunger. Donated food items were immediately distributed to a small list of clients and to partnering agencies. In September 2009, the food bank sold the Yuma location, moved to its current home at 3000 Galvez Avenue, and in May of 2010 changed its name to the Community Food Bank, Inc. With 23,200 square feet of refrigerated and freezer space, the Community Food Bank is able to serve even more children and families. The Volder’s original vision is still being fulfilled by the leadership of Opal Lee and Regena Taylor; to help feed the hungry!