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.

ILLINOIS MARATHON
Eastern Illinois Foodbank is teaming up with the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon to find nearly 3,000 volunteer team members for a safe, fun event for the runners. Christie Clinic will make a minimum donation of $250 to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank if at least 10 volunteers sign up using the following instructions: 

  • Go to the following link: http://illinoismarathon.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/
  • Select one of the first two volunteer opportunities (Friday Course Team or Saturday Course Team)
  • Select your time and location you would like to volunteer at
  • Scroll to the bottom and fill our your information
  • Don’t forget to type Eastern Illinois Foodbank or EIF in the box asking "To what non-profit group you belong to?"
  • Submit your form

Spots are filling up fast! Sign-up here by March 30th! 

We are also in need of volunteers to help with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank Table at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Expo. Volunteers will be helping with greeting guests, creating cheer signs for the marathon runners, and raising awareness about the Foodbank and our mission. 

We are in need of volunteers throughout the following times: 

  • April 25th, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
  • April 26th, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm 

Click here to sign-up to volunteer. Volunteer shifts will be split in the 2 hour shifts. 

OFFICE VOLUNTEER
Eastern Illinois Foodbank is in need an Office Volunteer to help with our data entry process. We are currently in need of a volunteer to come in for 3 - 4 hours a week during our operating hours (Monday through Thursday 7:00am - 4:30pm and Friday 7:00 -12:30 pm).Computer skills are necessary

If you are interested in donating your time to this position, please complete this Office Volunteer Application and contact Emily Stoerger at volunteer@eifoodbank.org or 217-328-3663 x 237.

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: 

  • Apr. 6th - Mansfield
  • Apr. 13th - Danville & Normal 
  • Apr. 27th - Paris & Clinton

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

Click here, to sign up to volunteer for these opportunities

 

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 volunteer for these opportunities. 

 

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

  • March 21st, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • March 28th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • April 16th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm 
  • April 23rd, 5:30 - 7:30 pm 
  • Do Good Date Night Repack, May 9th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. CLICK HERE to sign-up. 

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

Click here to sign up to volunteer for these opportunities. 

 

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.

  • May the Fourth Be With You Family Repack, May 4th, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. CLICK HERE to sign-up. 

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

 

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 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!