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.
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. All volunteers should meet at the Foodmobile site. A short orientation will be provided by a Foodmobile Captain.
We are in need of volunteers for the following upcoming Foodmobiles:
• October 1 (Sat.) 8:45am-12:15pm - Ridge Farm
• October 15 (Sat.) 8:45am-12:15pm - DeLand
• October 22 (Sat.) 8:45am-12:15pm - Clinton
• November 5 (Sat.) 8:45am-12:15pm - McLean
• November 12 (Sat.) 8:45am-12:15pm - Bement & Clinton
If you can help, sign up to volunteer here.
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:
• Operation Orange is the only repack we'll have in September. Find more information on our Hunger Action Month page.
All repacks 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. We regret that we cannot take volunteers under the age of ten.***
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.
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.
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!