About The Texas Food Bank Network
Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN) was founded in 1986 as an outgrowth of an attempt by a food retailers trade association, mostly convenience stores, to conduct a statewide food drive. Although the food drive was far from successful, the food banks came to realize what they could gain by working together to share their collective accumulation of knowledge, experience, ideas and resources.

The initial network project was a trade show exhibit booth that could be used by any food bank for educational purposes and fund raising. The updated exhibit remains in use by food banks around the state. Also in the early years, before America’s Second Harvest (A2H) began producing a yearly report, TFBN conducted a state survey to determine the collective totals of the number of pounds of food being distributed and the number of agencies being served. This information was used to produce presentations to the trucking industry, media and potential donors.
First Training Conference
The first Texas Food Bank Staff Training Conference was held in 1989 and was attended by 125 food bank staff and volunteers. It provided training for those who had no other training opportunities, for networking with counterparts to share experience and ideas and for honoring corporate donors for their partnership in helping to feed the hungry in Texas. The annual conference continues to be a vital component in TFBN’s mission.
Establishing A Disaster Plan
In the early 1990’s, TASHFB developed a disaster plan for use within the state using the experience of the Texas food bank representatives sent by America’s Second Harvest to Florida and Louisiana after Hurricane Andrew. TFBN will instantly be a part of the disaster relief operation when a hurricane strikes the Gulf Coast or there are floods or tornadoes in the state. TFBN members and staff were in partnership with first responders during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
Name Change & Organizational Growth
As the network became more involved with entities outside of food banking, members recognized the need to further formalize its structure. In July 1995, Texas Association of Second Harvest Food Banks incorporated as a Texas non-profit corporation. In 2006, TASHFB changed its name to Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN) using the new logo.
Realization that the president of the Network could not be expected to manage the increasing volume of activity and his/her food bank prompted the network to hire its first executive director on July 1, 1996 on a part time basis. One support staff person was hired on a part time level, also. The office was located in loaned space at the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas.
By spring of 1997, TFBN recognized the need for a full time office in order to accomplish its objectives for the upcoming year and to increase its impact on improving nutrition and eliminating hunger in our state. TFBN members voted unanimously to increase dues in order to make a full time office feasible. The Executive Director and assistant began working full time in early May 1997.
Major activity for the 1996/97 fiscal year focused heavily on working with state agencies to develop effective and efficient ways to implement welfare reform legislation particularly regarding distribution of USDA commodities and on education of state agency representatives and legislators regarding the effect this program has on hunger issues; particularly those which Food Banks impact. The most significant impact came from the Texas Commodity Assistance Program (TexCAP) whereby all USDA commodities in Texas are distributed by 15 food banks under contract with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). TFBN’s Executive Director, Board President and others served as part of the HHSC workgroup formed to develop the rules by which Texas could distribute USDA commodities more efficiently and effectively. This resulted in a model agreement allowing Texas food banks to distribute these high quality, nutritious foods to soup kitchens and food pantries across the state of Texas, as well as to share in the administrative funds.
Privacy Policy
Your privacy is important to the Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN). This policy outlines what information is collected by visitors to the Texas Food Bank Network’s Web site and how that information is used.

In general, you can visit the Texas Food Bank Network’s Web site without revealing any information about yourself. Our Web servers collect domain names but not individual email addresses to compile data such as the number of visits our site receives, the average time spent on the site, the pages viewed, etc. We collect this anonymous data to measure the use of our site and to help us improve the site.

There are some instances in which you may choose to provide personal information to the Texas Food Bank Network such as making a donation, online. In these instances, the Texas Food Bank Network uses encryption software to help us keep your personal information, including credit card numbers, secure. The information provided over our secure data lines is used to process your request. Online donors will be added to the Texas Food Bank Network’s donor database and may occasionally receive mailings from the Texas Food Bank Network. We do not share any of this information with third parties.

Any information you choose to provide in an email to us may not be secure and is used only to respond to your request.

The Texas Food Bank Network Web site may include links to other sites, such as our major donors and social service agencies. While we strive to link only to sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of other sites. Our privacy policy is subject to change without notice. We recommend that you check this page periodically for revisions.

This policy is in effect as of the date below.