Become a Kernel

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What is an NTFB Kernel?

Inspired by the seed of the wheat plant, an NTFB Kernel is a volunteer leader who helps our organization grow.  These dedicated individuals are at least 18 years of age, and regularly give their time to the North Texas Food Bank.

What does a Kernel do?

An NTFB Kernel assists in almost every facet of the organization. A few Kernel positions are highlighted below, but please note you are not limited to these Kernel positions. If there is an area you are interested in but unsure if there is a Kernel opening, let us know!

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Production Kernel

Perfect for organized individuals who enjoy routine

  • Attend distribution center shifts regularly
  • Lead groups of volunteers to sort and pack food
  • Support the NTFB team in receiving donations

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Project Kernel

Perfect for versatile individuals who enjoy administrative tasks

  • Work with staff throughout NTFB
  • Assist with clerical duties & special events
  • Utilize technology and meet deadlines

Florida -- November 2018

Feeding America serves those affected by Hurricane Michael in the panhandle of Florida.

Photography by Alyssa Schukar

Mobile Pantry Kernel

For outgoing individuals who enjoy coaching a team in a fast-paced environment.

  • Assist with management of food distribution
  • Provide a great experience to the volunteers you lead
  • Event set up and clean up

*It is recommended you participate in at least one Mobile Pantry volunteer opportunity before applying.

Kernel Time Commitment

Type of Meeting Details
Attend 1-hour Kernel Information SessionOptional: Review of the Kernel program, current Kernel openings, and the Kernel handbook. If the program sounds like a good fit, we can move you to the next step. Sign up to attend a session at
Express InterestLet any NTFB staff member know you are interested in becoming a Kernel by emailing or calling 214-270-2055.
Background CheckAll Kernels must complete a background check to ensure all Kernel members meet the same criteria as NTFB employees.
First DayUpon passing your background check we will coordinate your first day. This helps to ensure you will receive a proper welcome.
TrainingDepending on your Kernel position, you may receive on-the-job training or need to complete training prior to your start date.
EngagementLength of time is determined by your Kernel position and your availability.
Check-InA casual, one on one chat with the Kernel Program staff. This helps us know how you are doing in the program. You can take this time to provide feedback.
Social EngagementOptional: Kernel appreciation and recognition events.

How do I apply to the NTFB Kernel Program?