Somebody Help This Poor Boy: He Wants to Give Back to the Food Community

Just when you think that the world is filled with Big Blue Meanies armed with master computer killers, someone sends you a note and you realize there are still nice people who want to help others. Consider this lovely soul

In an effort to become a “well rounded human being,” I am trying to step out and find some ways to give back to the community. In light of that, I thought it would be neat to find a way to combine the desire to help out with my enjoyment of food and the preparation thereof. So, I was wondering if you might know of any opportunities on that avenue, or if there’s anyone out there who might know more about it.

The avenue is long and wide. Help him find a place to park.


  • Dubious Brother

    In the past, the Dallas Main Street Church of Christ near Fair Park prepared meals for the homeless weekly and the meal was often their only balanced hot meal during the week. Contact Brother Kelly at (214) 824-4013 to see what door you may want to open for yourself.

  • Stacey

    The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) would be a great place to start. There are many ways to get involved, ranging from helping to sort and pack food in their warehouse to cooking pre-prepared meals for after-school programs to assisting in their Cooking Matters nutrition / cooking instruction program.

    If you’re interested, please contact the food bank. Also keep in mind that the NTFB has a young professionals (ages 18-40) group called The Round Table that holds regular happy hours and volunteer days to benefit the food bank.

  • Lee

    The Ronald McDonald House uses volunteers to prepare meals for the families that are staying at the house while their children receive treatment and local hospitals. You agree to prepare a certain meal (including your donation of the supplies other than standard pantry items that they have) and then get friends, co-workers, club members, etc. to help you. There are pretty strict guidelines about the service, but it is still fun and very rewarding. I do it at least once per year through my employer.

  • Stacy

    I have volunteered with Days of Taste for a few years. It doesn’t look like there are any upcoming programs, but it’s a fun day helping kids at the Farmer’s Market.

  • Food Girl

    Meals on Wheels.

  • DGirl

    I seriously love serving food at Salvation Army. They serve two meals a day and holidays. I once spent Christmas Day there and it was the best Christmas ever. I highly recommend it. There are also charities that need food but have to buy their food from NTFB, albeit at a reduced price. Brother Bill’s Helping Hand in West Dallas is one of them. Might see if you can help create a community garden somewhere in South Dallas. Good for you, we need more people like you!

  • Bethany

    My husband and I have often gone to make Sandwiches for The Soupmobile. We found out about them through Random Acts of Kindness. They meet almost every Saturday at 11am in Deep Ellum. You can find more info on the RAK site. or

    They also have groups that meet to serve at the Salvation Army as well.

  • sara

    Call the volunteer center of Dallas tell them you want to volunteer and your interests. They will give you a lot of choices so you can pick what charity you want to help.

  • EmilyMC

    If you wanna get dirty, I know the Deep Ellum Community Garden is trying to get off the ground! Get to REALLY know your food!