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Denton Community Food Center (DCFC)
Celebrating 40 years serving our Community - an ALL Volunteer Organization
Founded in 1974, the Food Center has had as its mission to provide food from a central comunity storehouse to needy individuals and families in emergency situations.  Applicants/clients may request food five (5) times each calendar year, no more than once per month.


The Food Pantry is an ALL Volunteer Staffed & Run, Donor Funded & Supported, Community Based Charity (independent 501c3 organization).  We have no paid staff and we "THANK" the Denton Housing Authority for providing our building/space to us rent free.  Our service area includes 21 cities, towns & communities in 31 different zip codes of Northern Denton County.  We appreciate the strong and loyal support of all the communities we serve.




Receiving Food
The food pantry is open from 1 PM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday at 109 W. Sycamore St in  Denton 76201 (2 blocks South of the Downtown Square between Elm & Locust Streets). 
Individuals and families needing food assistance must provide identification for each family member. The household must be located in our Service Area.....Denton or Northern Denton County. 
Examples of ID include any Driver’s License or other Picture ID Cards or Social Security Card.  Please take a number in the front lobby upon arrival and you will be interviewed shortly. 
If it is your first visit there is a one page Questionnaire available in the lobby to be filled out prior to your first interview
You may receive food up to 5 times in a calendar year and no more often than once a calendar month.




Donating to the Food Center



Donations of food are accepted during normal operating hours (M-F 1-3 pm) at the back door/dock.  Non-perishables such as canned goods and dry & boxed goods in home/family sized packing; unopened with original labeling and no expired dates.  We prefer no glass containers.


See the Donations Tab for a list of food items we are seeking or recommend for donation.


Cash Donations are the most versatile as we are able to buy the food items we need.  We purchase 70% of the food distributed via cash donations from individuals; social and business organizations or clubs; churches and the business community. 


As much as possible we buy food via the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) where we are able to multiply donated dollars 6 to 7 times ($10 donation can purchase $60 - $70 worth of food).  We limit purchases on the retail market to only needed items not currently available from the TAFB.


Cash donations may be mailed to:

Denton Community Food Center

P.O. Box 2121

Denton, TX   76202-2121




Use your Bank's Bill Payer Service to send a donation to the address above.  Our phone # is 940-382-0807.