Volunteer at a Food Bank

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, our food bank 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 one adult for every four youth 8-12 and one adult for every ten youth for ages 13-15. Groups of more than 15 volunteers must call the Food Bank to register at (630) 443-6910. Groups and families of less than 15 people may register online up to one week prior to a shift. Individuals may register up to 24 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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west-suburban
West Suburban Center

273 Dearborn Court / Geneva, IL 60134

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

Weeknights:
Tuesdays
at 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thursdays at 5:30pm – 7:30pm

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


Rockford Center
Northwest Center

765 Research Parkway / Rockford, IL 61109

Updated shifts as of 10/18/2021- please check shift days and times before registering. Email volunteer@northernilfoodbank.org with questions!

Volunteer Shifts – Stock the Shelves/Food Packing
Weekdays:
Tuesdays
at 9:00am – 11:00 am & 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Wednesdays at 9:00am – 11:00am
Thursdays at 9:00am – 11:00am
Fridays at 9:00am – 11:00am

 
food packaging volunteer
Direct Service Opportunities – Distribution

Weekdays:
Wednesdays at 12:30pm – 3:00pm *
Wednesdays at 3:30 – 6:00pm *
Thursdays at 12:30pm – 4:00pm & 4:00-7:00pm
Fridays at 12:30pm – 4:00pm & 4:00-7:00pm

Weekends:
Saturdays at 8:30am – 12:00pm *

* Indicates that volunteers will be required to work outside during this shift

Click here to learn more.


north-suburb-center
North Suburban Center

440 Keller Drive / Park City, IL 60085

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

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

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


north-suburb-center
South Suburban Center

171 S Larkin Ave / Joliet, IL 60436

Volunteer Shifts – Food Sort & Pack
Weekdays:
Tuesdays
at 9:00am – 11:30am
Fridays 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.


 

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