Last year, our generous volunteers donated more than 136,000 hours of their time to sort and pack food in our warehouse, stock the shelves at our Winnebago Community Market, distribute groceries to our neighbors at Mobile Pantries, and much more. Working together, we’re helping to provide each hungry neighbor with every meal, every day through our Member Agencies and innovative Food Bank programs like My Pantry Express.
Dorothy, Gretchen and Laurie are sisters who volunteer each week with the Food Bank’s My Pantry Express (MPX), a program that offers private online food shopping and local pick-up at convenient locations and times to reach food-insecure individuals not currently accessing the charitable food network. Northern Illinois is the first food bank in the Feeding America network to offer this service. Since February 2019, MPX has served a significant number of individuals and families, and is currently on track to serve one million meals in its first year.
The sisters were three of our very first MPX volunteers and now attend multiple distributions each week to help run the on-site operations.
Check out what they have to say about MPX!
How did you hear about MPX?
Through the Food Bank! Someone told Gretchen about the regular [food sorting and packing] shifts, and one day Dorothy went too. Then we were invited to a volunteer information session about MPX, and so we went. It was great!
What do you like most about this program?
We just love helping people. It’s so amazing, [and the people we serve] really appreciate it.
What do you want people to know about MPX?
The gratification is incredible. The people who come are so thankful for what everyone does: the volunteers who pack the groceries [at the Food Bank], the driver who delivers them, and us volunteers who put [the orders] in their cars. They always say thank you, and some even have tears in their eyes. And every time we’ve been there [at the pick-up site], we’ve had someone come up and ask about what we’re doing.
Each and every day, the work we do at the Food Bank is made possible by thousands of volunteers like Dorothy, Gretchen and Laurie – friends, families, coworkers, and more – who donate their time and efforts toward solving hunger in Northern Illinois. We’re so grateful for you! Thank you for making sure every neighbor in need has access to nutritious food.
To find out how you can volunteer with the Food Bank, visit SolveHungerToday.org/Volunteer. To learn more about the MPX program, visit SolveHungerToday.org/MPX.