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, regularly give their time to the North Texas Food Bank, and feel comfortable leading others at NTFB volunteer shifts.

What does a Kernel do?

An NTFB Kernel is a volunteer leader in one of three areas: Production, Promotion, and Projects.

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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

Florida -- November 2018

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

Photography by Alyssa Schukar

Promotion Kernel

Perfect for positive individuals who enjoy raising awareness

  • Greet and help volunteers check-in
  • Take pictures and give tours
  • Represent NTFB at events and fairs

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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

What is the time commitment?

Type of MeetingDetails
Express InterestLet any staff member know you are interested in becoming a Kernel by emailing, or calling 214.270.2055.
Interview30 min., one-on-one chat with Kernel Program Manager. This is a casual chat to assess your interests and skills. We use this time to assess where you would make the best impact. Flexible availabilities.
OrientationGo over Kernel Handbook.
TrainingOn the job training and shadowing. Some jobs may require training and/or background checks prior to the start date. We will let you know during the interview.
Weekly EngagementAt least once a week. Length of time is determined by Kernel's position and your availability. These will be discussed during your interview.
Monthly Check-In30-min., one-on-one check-in with Kernel Program Manager. Flexible availabilities.
Bi-Annual MeetingOptional: 2-hour update session every 6 months.
Social EngagementOptional: Kernel appreciation and recognition events.

How do I apply?

1. Express interest by emailing, or calling 214.270.2055.
2. Next steps will be provided to you at the Kernel interest meeting.
3. If you have any questions, please email or call 214.270.2055.