My Pantry Express is an innovative program designed by Northern Illinois Food Bank to reach neighbors not currently being served by the charitable food network in support of our mission to solve hunger in Northern Illinois.

The first-of-its-kind program offers a private, online food shopping experience and local pickup at convenient locations and times for food-insecure neighbors to more easily access the nutritious foods they need. Currently, the program is being piloted in DeKalb and North Chicago and volunteers are needed to assist with distribution at our pick up sites. Watch this VIDEO to learn more!


Support the MPX Program

This pilot program is growing quickly and making an impact our communities that are most in-need. We need our donors and volunteers to help us grow this program as we’re on target to provide 1 million meals in the first year of the pilot alone!

Donate now to support our mission, including the My Pantry Express program.

Smiling girl with cup of fruit

Volunteer with MPX

My Pantry Express has volunteer opportunities throughout the week. From serving our neighbors directly at distributions to helping pack orders at our distribution center in Geneva, please get involved today and help us serve our neighbors!

Locations and days


  • Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at Walmart
    2300 Sycamore Rd. / DeKalb, IL
  • Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at Walmart
    2300 Sycamore Rd. / DeKalb, IL
  • Fridays from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at the NIU Nursing School Parking Lot
    1240 Normal Rd. / DeKalb, IL

Lake County

  • Tuesdays from 12:30 – 3:00 PM at Walmart
    3900 Fountain Square Pl. / Waukegan, IL 60115
  • Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 PM at Forrestal Elementary
    2833 Washington Ave. / Great Lakes, IL 60088


  • Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Walmart
    3902 W Riverside / Rockford, IL 61101


Register online – visit the volunteer calendar!


Each pick-up site needs 5-10 volunteers that will greet neighbors, collect their order from truck and load into their car. A long-term commitment is not required – you can sign up for one shift, multiple, or every week!

Volunteers and staff at a My Pantry Express distribution