Volunteer – Together, we can solve hunger!

We simply could not do what we do without the help of volunteers! Whether you can volunteer once a week, once a month or once a year; individually or with a group of friends, family or colleagues, whatever your commitment, every hour of assistance helps us ensure our hungry neighbors will have access to food in their time of need.

Thanks to our volunteers, Northern Illinois Food Bank serves more than half a million hungry neighbors each year across 13 counties. Last year, volunteers donated 136,000 hours of their time to help distribute the equivalent of 80.3 million meals to families, seniors, and kids facing hunger in our community. What you do matters!

COVID-19 Update (as of August 2021): We continue to accept volunteers. At this time, masks and gloves are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in order to volunteer. There is no longer a Health Certification Form requirement for volunteers. To learn how you can get involved through volunteering during this time, please refer to our Coronavirus (COVID-19) landing page here.


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Sorting & Packing

Food Sorting & Packing Volunteers

Inspect, sort, and package food that will be distributed to our hungry neighbors.

Groups of 25+ must call to register.
Ages 8+ are welcome.


Grocery Distribution

Grocery Distribution Volunteers

Serve our neighbors directly at the Winnebago Community Market, My Pantry Express, and Mobile Pantries.

Ages 12+ are welcome.

Skills-Based Opportunities

Put your unique professional and general life skills to use and help us solve hunger! We have a variety of projects available.

Signature Events

Assist in planning fundraising events, soliciting sponsorship or auction items, and providing day-of logistic support.


Court Compelled Community Service

A program for those who must serve mandated court-compelled service hours as ordered by a judge.

All applicants must be 16+ years old.


Don’t see what you’re looking for?

Contact the volunteer team with your questions about volunteering with Northern Illinois Food Bank.