At United Way of Tarrant County, we work to ensure everyone in our community can meet their basic needs, like having food to eat. Through data-gathering and listening to our neighbors, we identify the barriers preventing families from putting food on the table. Part of our work in addressing these issues includes investing in programs that help our community overcome these barriers.

Tarrant County’s Taste Project is dedicated to making healthy, nutritious meals available to those experiencing hunger. Community donations to the United Way of Tarrant County Community Fund allowed our organization to invest $70,000 in 2022 to support Taste Project’s work.

The mission of Taste Project goes beyond providing food; it encompasses creating a network of support that enables them to thrive. Through the organization’s Taste Community Restaurant, where majority of the staff are volunteers, anyone can stop and eat at the restaurant, regardless of their means. Open Tuesday-Sunday, this “pay-what-you-can” eatery aims to eliminate the feelings of shame or guilt often associated with seeking assistance.

The Taste Community Restaurant, located at 1200 S Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76104, is a “pay-what-you-can” eatery aimed at eliminating the feelings of shame or guilt often associated with seeking assistance.

They are often a lifeline for individuals like Sarah, whose journey began with a simple nudge and a question that changed her life: “Are you hungry?”

While experiencing homelessness, Sarah spent the night in a hospital lobby and was awoken by a staff member who referred her the Taste Community Restaurant, where she discovered more than just a meal. It was a place where people greeted her with genuine acceptance. Inspired by the warmth she received, Sarah decided to give back and started volunteering.

In July 2022, Sarah took a significant step forward by enrolling in Taste Project’s culinary job training program. Fueled by her passion and determination, she excelled in her training and became a Certified Fundamental Cook. Today, Sarah is on a path to build a career in a nonprofit organization, where she aims to make a difference in the lives of people who face similar struggles.

Reflecting on her transformative journey, Sarah shared, “…Taste gave me hope, helped me grow as a person, and showed me what truly matters.”

United Way of Tarrant County is proud to support organizations like Taste Project, and we can only make these types of investments in the community where they are most needed because of YOU.  Our friends at Taste Project not only provides essential resources but also empowers individuals to transform their lives. Sarah’s story is just one example of the countless lives that have been positively impacted by Taste Project’s dedication and compassion.

Together, we can create communities where everyone has access to their most basic needs and the opportunity to thrive by working hand in hand to make a difference, one meal at a time.

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