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.


KIRBY AVENUE MOBILE MARKETS
Eastern Illinois Foodbank will hold Mobile Market food distributions on Wednesday evenings, utilizing the former County Market location at 312 W. Kirby Avenue in Champaign. Volunteers are needed to help set up the area (prepare food on tables and pallets for distribution), help clients “shop” and clean up at the end of the distribution.  EIF staff will lead the distribution and will provide an orientation to volunteers upon arrival.  Volunteers are needed every Wednesday from 3:30-6:15pm (or until food runs out).  To ensure those visiting the Mobile Market receive the assistance they need, we ask that volunteers stay for the entire distribution. This volunteer project requires volunteers to lift, bend and stand during distribution preparation and throughout the distribution period.

Click here to signup to volunteer.


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.


FOODMOBILES & POP-UP FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTIONS
Foodmobiles and VA Pop-Up Pantries are mobile food pantries focused on alleviating hunger among vulnerable populations.  Foodmobiles target rural and under-served communities and Pop-Up Pantries at the Danville VA specifically serve veterans.  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/Pop Up Pantry distributions and will be the main contact and volunteer coordinator on the day of the distribution. All volunteers should meet at the Foodmobile or Pop Up Pantry 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 and Pop-Up Food Pantries*:

•    March 18 (Sat) - Georgetown
•    March 25 (Sat) - Chrisman & Villa Grove
•    March 28 (Tue) - Veteran Pop-Up @ Cannon Place Community Center, Danville *
•    April 1 (Sat) - Georgetown & Urbana
•    April 8 (Sat) - Bement
•    April 11 (Tue) - Veteran Pop-Up @ Salvation Army, Mattoon *
•    April 25 (Tue) - Veteran Pop-Up @ Cannon Place Community Center, Danville *
•    April 29 (Sat) - Clinton & Sullivan


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.

*VA Pop-Up Food Pantries are made possible thanks to a grant provided by the Yahoo! Employee Foundation.


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, March 16 from 5:30-7:30pm
•    Tuesday, March 28 from 5:30-7:30pm


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.***


FAMILY REPACK
We do not currently have any family repacks scheduled.  Stay tuned for upcoming dates!
 

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.


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!