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.


MARKET AT THE SQUARE
EIF will be picking up produce from Market at the Square vendors who have signed up for the Farm to Foodbank program.  Produce pick up volunteers are needed from 11:45am-12:30pm at Urbana's Market at the Square on the dates listed below.  Volunteers will meet our driver and truck (a large box truck with our logo) at the entrance to the Market.  Our driver will have boxes for volunteers to distribute to Farm to Foodbank vendors.  Once the Market has closed at noon, vendors will fill these boxes with the product they wish to donate.  Volunteers will then retrieve boxes from vendors and bring them back to the Foodbank truck which will delivered the produce to our warehouse.  All materials and information will be supplied by our driver.  Volunteers will need to be able to lift roughly 30 pounds.

  • July 25
    August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    September 12, 19, 26

Click here to sign up for a date!


FOODMOBILES
A Foodmobile is a mobile food pantry distribution focused on alleviating hunger in rural areas.  Volunteers are needed to set up the food distribution area, hand out product to recipients, help recipients carry product to their car, and clean up after the distribution is over.  Every foodmobile has at least one Foodmobile 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 foodmobile. Volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from the distribution site. 

  • We currently have all Foodmobiles staffed.  Stay tuned for upcoming Foodmobile dates.

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, August 6 from 5:30-7:30pm -- Click here to sign up
  • Thursday, August 13 from 5:30-7:30pm -- Click here to sign up

All repacks are held at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank - click here for directions. 

If you are interested in volunteering for this repack please email Kristen at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org.
***Please note:  Any volunteer 10 to 13 should be accompanied by a responsible adult; one adult per each child. We regret that we cannot take volunteers under the age of ten.***


KID'S DAY REPACK
We will be hosting a repack specifically for children 5-13 year's old and their parents or guardians.   Kids must be accompanied by their parent(s) or guardian. 

  • Stay tuned for future Kid's Day repack dates!

If your family is interested in volunteering for our kid's day repack please email Kristen at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org and note your shift.

PLEASE REMEMBER BEFORE YOU REPACK:

  • 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.

FOODBANK AMBASSADORS
The Foodbank is looking for members for our Foodbank Ambassadors Program.  Individuals are needed to represent EIF throughout our 14-county service area at public and private functions, including tabling events, speaking engagements and check presentations as well as help conduct EIF member agency monitors/site visits.  Click here for the complete volunteer job description and contact Kristen at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org to get involved.
 

FOODMOBILE CAPTAINS
We are looking for a few committed individuals that would be interested in being a lead volunteer at our foodmobiles.  Foodmobiles are mobile food pantries that are sent to areas of need within our 14 counties.  A truckload of food is brought to a host site and distributed.  Contact Kristen at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org if you're interested in becoming a volunteer leader with this project.
 

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!