Hunger Doesn’t Wait. Don’t wait to volunteer. 

Join us on September 11th for this national day of service to pack and distribute food to families in need.

Sign up today for any of the opportunities listed below.

We cannot solve hunger without the help of everyone in our community – so during Hunger Action Month this September, we invite you to volunteer and make a difference for our neighbors in need. Help raise awareness about hunger throughout Northern Illinois by volunteering on Friday, September 11th and throughout the month across our service area.

During September and all year long, we need your volunteer support!



Food Packing 


  • North Suburban Center (Park City) – 8:00am-10:00am, 10:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • South Suburban Center (Joliet) – 8:00am-10:00am, 10:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • West Suburban Center (Geneva) – 8:00am-10:00am, 10:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Northwest Center (Rockford) – 8:00am-10:00am ONLY

Grocery Distribution 

 Winnebago Community Market

  • Distribution (Rockford) – 10:30am-12:30pm

 My Pantry Express

  • NIU Nursing School parking lot (DeKalb) – 4:30pm-7:00pm

We hope you’ll volunteer on September 11th for our Hunger Action Month Service Day!

View the Calendar

Select your shift on our CALENDAR and register today. If you are unavailable on 9/11 we have volunteer shifts every Monday to Saturday all September, and all year long.

For more information or to register a group of 20 or more, please contact the volunteer team.
Phone: (630) 443-6910  |

Food Bank Volunteer Safety Protocol:

Northern Illinois Food Bank has made modifications to our shifts at all of our Centers to ensure we are following the CDC recommendations and practicing social distancing. All volunteers are required to sign our Volunteer & Visitor Health Statement upon arrival to our Center or at an offsite distribution. We are requiring all volunteers bring and wear a mask when volunteering at a Center or distribution site. If needed, the Food Bank is providing masks and gloves.

Northern Illinois Food Bank is asking all staff and volunteers to comply with the Chicago Department of Public Health Emergency Travel Order issued on July 2nd. Anyone traveling to the states identified by the order as a hot spot will be asked to quarantine for 14 days. All volunteers and visitors to a Food Bank Center or distribution site are  required to take their temperature prior to arrival. If temperature screens at 100.4 or higher they are required to stay home.