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.

HOLIDAY IN WHOVILLE
EIF is in need of volunteers to serve hot chocolate and accept donations for Giving Tree ornaments which will benefit the Foodbank's general operations. Volunteers are needed from 11:30am-1pm and 4-5:30pm in downtown Champaign at the Virginia Theater.

Holiday in Whoville attendees will watch Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas followed by pictures with Santa, crafts, caroling, and hot chocolate served by EIF! Trolley rides around Downtown Champaign will be available after the show.

If you or your group would like to volunteer for this event, click here.
 

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:

•   November 18 (Sat) in Sullivan & Clinton
•   December 2 (Sat) in Georgetown
•   December 9 (Sat) in Bement & Rantoul
•   December 16 (Sat) in Clinton & Normal


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.

REPACK
When the Foodbank receives food in bulk we have to repackage that product into smaller forms for our agencies to give out to individuals and families in need.  We will be holding repacks on the following dates:  

  • Thursday, November 16
  • Tuesday, November 28 - Click here to register for our Day of Giving food repack
  • Tuesday, December 5
  • Thursday, December 14

All repacks will be held from 5:30-7:30pm and are held at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank - click here for directions. 

Click here, to sign up to volunteer for a repack.

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


FAMILY REPACK

DAY OF GIVING FAMILY FOOD REPACK
Don't miss our Day of Giving Family Food Repack on Tuesday, November 28 from 5:00 - 6:30pm. CLICK HERE to register.

THE POLAR EXPRESS FAMILY FOOD REPACK
Join us for a Polar Express themed family repack and help feed families in need this holiday season!  Help prepare bulk food for our neighbors in need, enjoy hot cocoa, listen to a reading of "The Polar Express", visit with Santa and much more!  And don't forget to wear your pajamas - just remember to wear closed-toed shoes. Please note: Any child 5-13 year's old MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Thanks to Chambanamoms.com, donations given as a part of our Polar Express Repack will be matched up to $500.  That means a gift of $30 will be stretched from 150 to 300 meals for our community in need!

CLICK HERE to register for the 3:00 - 4:30pm shift


CLICK HERE to register for the 4:30 - 6:00pm shift
 

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 Kristen 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.


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 daytime volunteers, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4pm.  Please review our Food Safety Guidelines before registering to volunteer.  

Click here, to sign up to help.


FOODMOBILE CAPTAINS
We are looking for volunteers that are interested in leading food distributions a part of our Foodmobile Program.  The primary responsibility of this position 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 Teresa at tbrown(at)eifoodbank.org for more information on becoming a Foodmobile Captain and to apply.

HELP AT OUR AGENCIES!
A few of our agencies could use your help this holiday season.  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!