Volunteer in the Warehouse

Food Sorting and Packing

Much of the donated food Northern Illinois Food Bank distributes needs to be inspected, sorted and packaged before it’s distributed to our hungry neighbors. We simply could not do this without the help of volunteers. Last year, volunteers donated more than 136,000 hours of their time, the equivalent of 65 full-time employees.

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.

Individuals, families, corporate and social groups are welcome! Children ages 8 and older may volunteer with families or in groups with adult chaperones. Chaperone ratios are 1:4 for ages 8-13 and 1:10 for ages 14-17. Groups of 20 or more volunteers must call the Food Bank to register at (630) 443-6910. Groups and families of less than 20 people may register online up to one week prior to a shift. Individuals may register up to 48 hours prior to a shift. View our online registration calendar with available shift days, times, and openings and sign up today!

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If you do not see an available shift on the schedule for your group, please fill out this form to be put on our wait-list. We rely on our volunteers very much and look forward to working with you!


West Suburban Center
273 Dearborn Court / Geneva, IL 60134

Volunteer Shifts
Weekdays: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at
9:00am – 11:30am & 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Weeknights: Tuesdays at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Thursdays at 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Weekends: Saturdays at 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Rockford center
Northwest Center
765 Research Parkway / Rockford, IL 61109

Volunteer Shifts
Weekdays: Tuesdays at
9:00am – 11:30am & 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Weeknights: Wednesdays (1st & 3rd) at 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Weekends: Saturdays at 9:00am – 12:00pm

Direct Service Opportunities

Winnebago Community Market
Market Distribution:
Thursdays 8:00am – 11:30am and Saturdays 8:30am – 12:30pm
Market Prep: Tuesdays and Fridays 9:00am – 11:00am

Click here to learn more.

North Suburban Center
440 Keller Drive / Park City, IL 60085

Volunteer Shifts
Weekdays: Tuesdays at 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Thursdays at 9:00am – 11:30am

Weeknights: Wednesdays at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
[NOTE: this is a new shift time, starting Sept 5]

Weekends: Saturdays at 9:00am – 11:30am

South Suburban Center
171 S Larkin Ave / Joliet, IL 60436

Volunteer Shifts
Weekdays: Tuesdays at 9:00am – 11:30am

Weeknights: Wednesdays at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Weekends: Saturdays at 9:00am – 11:30am

Click here to learn more about the South Suburban Center.

Click here to view maps to these locations.

Contact the volunteer team with questions about registering for a volunteer shift at any of our Centers.


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