Canvasser Recruiters (CANREC) assigned to Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Dallas participated in a community relations project with the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB), Feb. 3.


"Volunteers are the life and blood in what we do," said TAFB Quality Control Team Lead David Purcell. "We need the extra support in time and donations in order to handle the work load. Our volunteers are all a part of pushing thousands of pounds of [food] donations that could potentially go to waste in a land fill."


The large amount of donations requires a combined effort to ensure that local communities can receive the food needed to sustain their families. According to TAFB, the direct impact of just three hours of work can impact thousands. Volunteers loaded and inspected food donations for quality control.


"As a father, I appreciate organizations like TAFB," said Navy Counselor 1st Class Jason Harris. "A few hours of my time can potentially feed hundreds of children in the Fort Worth area. We are blessed as a nation and it amazes me how just a hand full of people can directly impact hundreds in the fight against hunger."


TAFB serves 13 counties in a 10,000 square-mile radius and partners with 270 agencies to get food out to the surrounding counties. Each month, with support of its partner agencies, TAFB serves an average of 52,000 households in the Fort Worth area and contiguous counties. In 2016, volunteers donated 68,000 hours of time to support the organization's mission.


"Our volunteers provide support for all of our services," said TAFB Volunteer Coordinator Kayla Davis. "We provide other programs that teach life skills such as 'growing a garden' and 'how to cook food.' We actually have experienced culinary and nutrition instructors help others learn how to prepare and make meals on a budget."


TAFB is and organization designed to empower communities to eliminate hunger by providing food, education and resources through innovation and collaboration.


"One of the greatest things we can do in the Navy is give back," said Chief Navy Counselor Matt Rudolph. "As Navy recruiters, we have a distinct opportunity to show that our service to our nation starts with our local communities."


TAFB is based in Fort Worth, holds the belief that all people deserve regular, nutritious meals. TAFB works to empower communities to eliminate hunger by providing food, education and resources through innovation and collaboration. Through a network of 270 Partner Agencies, TAFB serves 13 counties in North Texas. Learn more at tafb.org.


NRD Dallas is committed to providing reserve and active opportunities to qualified candidates. NRD Dallas encompasses 220,000 square miles through Northwest Texas and Oklahoma and supports the national accession efforts of Commander Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC). For more information on current opportunities and incentives, visit www.cnrc.navy.mil.


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