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Who We Are

Taste Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit established simply to feed people one community at a time. One of every six Americans faces the reality that they may not be able to provide for their next meal. There are programs in place that help; however, in Tarrant County, 36 percent of this food insecure population live above the poverty level and receive no government help.

Our mission is to feed, educate, and serve our community so they may “…taste and see the Lord is good.”  Psalm 34:8.

We believe everyone should have access to healthy nutritional food.  Our vision is to see our community heed the call to battle and stand on the front lines against hunger.

Our first project, a non-profit restaurant, will focus on healthy, quality meals made from fresh ingredients. Our menu will have no prices. This is a give and take concept. We ask customers to do one of the following:

1) pay what you can afford,

2) pay what you would typically pay, or

3) pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra.

 

Jeff Williams has always had a burden for feeding people.  Jeff grew up in a family of four, and both his parents worked hard to put food on the table.  He remembers the times when food was scarce and his parents would skip meals to make sure he and his sister were full.

Jeff understands first-hand the stress his parents encountered to put food on the table in tough times.  And it’s a familiar story of many of our neighbors in need.  Soup kitchens are good, but not everyone feels good about going there.

That’s why, in 2012, Jeff founded Taste Project, a sustainable solution to ensure none of our neighbors go hungry.  But Jeff also wanted a place that eliminated the stress and fear his parents faced.  A friendly place that feels like you’ve just come home.  And a place where you can get more than just a meal, but also hope.

Read more about Jeff’s personal story here.

Taste Buds

The most important members of our team are our Taste Buds!  At Taste Community Restaurant, our volunteers are referred to as Taste Buds.  Every day these are the folks that take and enter orders, assist with food preparation, run and serve food, bus tables, wrap silverware, wash dishes, empty trash, clean and mop floors, clean bathrooms, among many other opportunities.

With each carrot chopped, each plate served, each dish cleaned, our Taste Buds are working to help end hunger in our community.  Check out our volunteer opportunities here.

Jeff Williams, Founder & Executive Director

Jeff Williams is founder and President of Taste Project. He has always had a passion for cooking, food, and feeding people. Being half Italian, Jeff’s heritage feeds his passion and discovery in the area of Italian Cuisine.

His vision for Taste Project is different than a growing, profit generating, Italian restaurant. His vision is not a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen; but a place where every day folks eat; and those who could not afford to eat there, could still enjoy a meal in the restaurant. In June 2012, Jeff launched Taste Project.

 

Brian Wronko, Vice President

Brian has always had a passion for serving.  For years, he and his wife hosted their small group bible study in their home, and served in their church.  Brian lives in Fort Worth with his wife Jacqueline and their three children: Ty, Brant, and Grace.

Brian has been on-board with Taste Project since its inception.  His background in sales, organization, and leadership have been invaluable in launching Taste Project.

 

Linda Holtzclawe, Treasurer

Linda has worked in accounting for over 30 years in a variety of industries.  When she is not crunching numbers, you will find Linda working away in her vegetable garden or experimenting with recipes that use her garden harvest.  Linda has four grown girls: DeeAnn, Lisa, Judith, and Julie; five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Linda has been on-board with Taste Project since its inception.  Her business experience has helped us navigate challenges; and her continuous encouragement helps us build the organization and our team and become better individuals.

 

Julie Williams, Secretary

Julie Williams is the wife of Taste Project founder, Jeff Williams.  She has volunteered with Taste Project since its inception in 2012; but is a full-time marketer in the healthcare industry.  When not working or volunteering, Julie enjoys running and chasing their son Brian.

Julie’s creative background has helped launch Taste Project and Taste Community Restaurant; and has helped in the planning for future projects.

Timothy Watts, Board Member

Tim grew up in Fort Worth, Texas.  He is a full-time Financial Advisor; but enjoys the great outdoors, often adventuring in the mountains of Colorado.  Tim has a passion for helping his neighbors and is very active within the community. He lives with his dog in the Cultural District of Fort Worth.

Tim introduced us to the Near Southside community, and it was love at first sight!  We can’t thank Tim enough for the wisdom and foresight he brings to the team!

 

Tyler Davis, Board Member

Tyler is a Texan through and through.  He is Financial Planner by day; but loves the country and his horses.  Tyler is also an avid sports fan, and loves to travel.  He is very active in the community, and is always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors.  Tyler and his wife Brittany live in the Cultural District of Fort Worth.

Tyler is an excellent researcher and resource for us.  He continuously brings new ideas to the table which makes him a perfect match for Taste Project!

 

Johnny Williams

Johnny is a small business owner in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  He is also a husband and father to his grown daughter Amy.  He and his wife Pam live in Fort Worth.

Johnny is our coach and mentor as we launched Taste Project.  His faith encourages us to make decisions based on God’s leading and not our own.  He is an invaluable member of our team.

 

Join our Team

We’re looking for folks who have a heart for the Lord and for serving people.  Check out our volunteer opportunities here, and our job openings here.

Taste Project is affiliated with One World Everybody Eats pay-what-you-can cafe network.  Together, these 60 pay-what-you-can eateries serve nearly 1.3 million meals each year[2].  If you are outside the Fort Worth area, check out these pay-what-you-can eateries: