Eastern Illinois Foodbank
2405 North Shore Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone (217) 328-3663

Volunteer at EIF

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!  Listed below are current and upcoming opportunities to help the Foodbank. If you are interested in any of the following opportunities, just email us at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org and be sure to fill out our volunteer registration form.

Produce & Bread Market

We hold these distributions to reduce the inventory of perishable product in our warehouse. We have been lucky to receive larger quantities of this product however it needs to be distributed quickly. This is where we need your help. Volunteers are needed to set up the food distribution area, distribute food, "shop" with recipients to select products, help recipients carry product to their cars, and clean up after distribution is complete. This volunteer project requires volunteers to lift, bend and stand during distribution preparation and throughout the distribution period. A sensitivity of working with vulnerable clients and respect for all is requested. Our ultimate goal is to create an environment where people are comfortable enough to accept help.


We will be holding distributions on the following dates: 

  • Monday, October 22nd
  • Wednesday, October 24th
  • Monday, October 29th 

All volunteers are asked to arrive at 3:30 pm. The distributions will wrap up around 6:30 pm. 

All Market Distributions are held at our facility located at 2405 N. Shore Dr., Urbana, IL 61802. 

Click here, to sign up to volunteer. 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

Alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois by being a part of our fleet! EIF needs volunteer drivers to assist in receiving, handling, and distributing food and grocery product. 

We are currently in need of: 

  • Bread Van Driver on Tuesdays from 8-10 am 
  • Foodmobile Drivers on Saturday mornings (CDL/Class B required)

If you are interested in donating your time, please complete our Volunteer Driver form and contact Emily Stoerger at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org or 217-328-3663 x 237 with your previous driving history (MVR). 

 

FOODMOBILES
Foodmobiles are mobile food pantries focused on alleviating hunger among vulnerable populations.  Foodmobiles target rural and under-served communities.  Volunteers are needed to set up the food distribution area, hand out product to recipients, help recipients carry product to their cars, and clean up after distribution is complete. Every distribution has at least one Captain. This is a volunteer who has been trained on Foodmobile distributions and will be the main contact and volunteer coordinator on the day of the distribution. All volunteers should meet at the Foodmobile site at the specified time.  A short orientation will be provided by a Foodmobile Captain or EIF Staff member on-site at that time.  This volunteer project requires volunteers to lift, bend and stand during distribution preparation and throughout the distribution period.

We are in need of volunteers for the following upcoming Foodmobiles:

  • October 20th - Clinton & Mansfield
  • October 27th - Normal & Paris 
  • November 3rd - Atwood & Ridge Farm
  • November 17th - Clinton & Normal
  • December 8th - Monticello

All volunteers must arrive on-site at 8:45am.  Food distribution will wrap up around 12:15pm. 

If you can help, sign up to volunteer here.

 

FOODMOBILE CAPTAINS
We need volunteers that are interested in leading food distributions a part of our Foodmobile Program.  The primary responsibility of a Foodmobile Captain is to efficiently manage the on site Foodmobile distribution process from set up to tear down.  Captains will mobilize and manage teams of volunteers assembled by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and will serve as the primary resource for volunteers, clients, and partner organizations on the day of the distribution. Foodmobile distributions generally occur on Saturdays and last approximately 4-6 hours.  Foodmobiles Captains must provide their own transportation. 

Contact Emily at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org for more information on becoming a Foodmobile Captain and to apply.

 

DAYTIME WAREHOUSE VOLUNTEERS
Millions of pounds of food is received by EIF every year.  Volunteers are needed to evaluate, sort and stock grocery product in our warehouse. Volunteers will be orientated by an EIF staff member to ensure proper food safety procedures are met. 

We're currently in need of volunteers on:

  • Tuesdays from 9-11am & 2-4pm 
  • Mondays & Thursdays from 2-4pm

Please review our Food Safety Guidelines before registering to volunteer.  


Click here, to sign up to help.

 

REPACK
When the Foodbank receives food in bulk we have to repackage that product into smaller portions for our agencies to give out to individuals and families in need. 

We will be holding repacks on the following dates: 

  • Thursday, October 25th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, October 30th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 

All Repacks are held at our facility located at 2405 N. Shore Dr., Urbana, IL 61802

Click here, to sign up to help.

***Please note:  Any volunteer 10 to 13 should be accompanied by a responsible adult; one adult per each child.***

 

FAMILY REPACK

Children 5 -13 years old and their families are invited to help repackage bulk product into smaller portions for our agencies to give out to individuals and families in need. Please note: Any child 5-13 year's old MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

There are no scheduled dates at this time. Stay tuned for future Family Repack dates by subscribing to our Volunteer Newsletter

 

PLEASE REMEMBER BEFORE YOU REPACK:

  • Please review our Food Safety Guidelines before registering to volunteer.  

  • To make sure we don’t go over room capacity, please do not attend a repack without registering first.

  • If you are a group coordinator, please have all volunteers fill out a volunteer registration form before attending and forward these repack instructions to your group.

  • We heavily depend on volunteers to repack bulk food product so if you can’t attend please delete your signup through SignUpGenius.

  • Please arrive on time.  Explaining repack instructions to one full group is easier on us and decreases the likelihood of repackaging errors.

  • If you show any signs of cold, flu or sickness please abstain from repackaging food.

  • Please wear closed-toed shoes and remove all jewelry.  To comply with food safety standards any volunteer not wearing closed-toed shoes will not be able to repack.

  • No food or drink is allowed in the warehouse/repack room.  EIF has a break room where water is available.  We know it’s tempting but please do not eat the food being repacked – it’s against food safety guidelines.

  • If you  have any food allergies please check with Emily as to what will be repacked.

  • If you are dropping someone off at a repack please be prepared to pick them up early in case the repack wraps up early.

  • Any volunteer 10 to 13 should be accompanied by a responsible adult; one adult per each child. We regret that we cannot accommodate volunteers under the age of 10 for warehouse activities.

 

HELP AT OUR AGENCIES!
A few of our agencies could use your help.  If you are interested in volunteering at a food pantry, soup kitchen or shelter, visit our Volunteer at an EIF Agency page.  Our agencies are in need of a variety of volunteers - from Spanish speakers, homework helpers, food sitters, distribution volunteers, soup kitchen servers, to folks who love the outdoors - there is bound to be something you'd be interested in helping with!