9/11 National Day of Service

09/Sep/20 / 17:00

At the Food Bank, thousands of volunteers help make sure neighbors have access to nutritious groceries every year. From sorting and packing food in our warehouse, to loading groceries into cars rain or shine, our volunteers are truly making a difference.

This year, the Food Bank is participating in the 9/11 National Day of Service – a day of remembrance, volunteerism, and to never forget what we’re capable of doing together.

We believe that together, we can solve hunger – and on Friday, we’re offering plenty of volunteer opportunitiesto do just that.

All four of our Food Bank Centers are participating in pack-a-thons, where volunteers can join us throughout the day to sort and pack groceries in our warehouses. This year, there are multiple time shifts with limited slots; this will ensure we can pack groceries from a safe social distance!

We also have opportunities to serve at grocery distributions throughout Northern Illinois. Our Winnebago Community Market in Rockford is inviting volunteers to help sort and load groceries into our neighbors’ cars. Similarly, volunteers can load groceries at our My Pantry Express mobile distribution at the NIU School of Nursing parking lot in DeKalb this evening.

To join us for any of these special service opportunities on Friday, sign up here. If you are interested in future service opportunities with the Food Bank, check out our volunteer calendar to sign up for a volunteer shift at any time, all year long.

If you can’t join us on the National Day of Service, consider other actions you can take to help solve hunger now:

No act is too big or too small to make a difference!

It’s because of our generous volunteers that we can work together to build a stronger and healthier community. Thank you for all you do to help solve hunger!

How You Can Help:


  • Volunteer at one of our Centers in Geneva, Rockford or Park City sorting and packing food
  • Donate to help us solve hunger in your community – every $1 donated helps provide $8 of groceries.

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