Serve our hungry neighbors directly by volunteering at one of our programs below.
In order to better serve our neighbors in the Rockford area, the Food Bank started a pop-up food pantry at our Northwest Center in 2017. The program grew as word spread, and in 2019 we opened a permanent space configured like a small grocery store. We also expanded from one to four distributions every week, now serving an average of 600 families a week.
Each Market distribution needs approximately 25 volunteers to offer our neighbors the best possible experience. Volunteers help greet and register shoppers, are stationed throughout the Market to facilitate the shopping experience, and also help manage parking and cart collection. We also have several Market stocking shifts throughout the week to help replenish our shelves and coolers. Some roles require lifting up to 30 pounds, and we are always looking for volunteers who are comfortable with computers to help with registration.
We recommend ages 10+ for stocking shifts, and ages 12+ for distributions. We also ask that an adult accompany volunteers ages 16 and younger.
Groups and individuals may register online through our volunteer calendar, email a Volunteer Coordinator, or call us at 630-443-6910.
Groups of 10 or more volunteers must call to register.
Visiting a food pantry is not always an option, whether due to schedules, transportation, or other reasons. You can help us ease the burden by supporting our pilot program My Pantry Express – an online source for groceries when in need.
For more detailed information about our pilot program and the volunteer experience, watch the Volunteer Training Video (~15 mins). Please note that volunteers are required to be outside for all or most of the duration of the shift times listed.
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!
Current grocery distribution volunteer shifts:
The Mobile Pantry is a “traveling food pantry” that delivers meat, produce, non-perishable food and other products to communities where the need for food surpasses the capacity of existing food pantry resources. Volunteers at the Mobile Pantry assist in distributing food to our hungry neighbors. Please note that volunteers are required to be outside for all or most of the duration of the shift times listed.
View our online calendar to sign up to volunteer for specific dates and locations. Choose “Mobile Pantry” in the dropdown menu next to Opportunity Type to see available distributions in which volunteers are needed. Contact a Volunteer Coordinator to learn more – email or call 630-443-6910.
If you are in need of food assistance and looking for the Mobile Pantry Calendar, click here.