Catholic Charities, Tarrant Food Bank launch food-finding partnership
Published on May 12, 2020
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Catholic Charities Fort Worth and Tarrant Area Food Bank are partnering to use each other’s strengths for good during this challenging time.
As food insecurity rises, confusion about how and where to get healthy food options has become a quickly growing problem. Some familiar church and other community organization food pantries have had to shut down due to safety reasons, some have experienced a lack of donations as their donor base continues to shelter in place, and some are finding their market just doesn’t know how to find them.
Tarrant Area Food Bank asked Catholic Charities Fort Worth to take on call center functions to help receive inquiries and assist callers with information that will get them the food they need the quickest. Using Catholic Charities’ Community Care Center, the organization will use the food bank’s robust software system to navigate all local food pantries and mobile events with an interactive map that can identify the nearest food sources for a caller and even deliver food with Catholic Charities’ transportation fleet.
People who need food can call Catholic Charities’ main line at 817-534-0814 Monday through Friday. Call center staffers and volunteers will assist callers with a proxy service that allows others to pick up food from pantries on their behalf.