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.

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, Monday thru Thursday from 2-4pm.  Please review our Food Safety Guidelines before registering to volunteer.  

Click here, to sign up to help.

A Foodmobile is a mobile food pantry distribution focused on alleviating hunger in rural and under-served 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 where a short orientation will take place before distribution starts.

We are in need of volunteers for the following upcoming Foodmobiles:

•    December 3 (Sat.) 8:45am-12:15pm - Clinton & Georgetown
•    December 10 (Sat.) 8:45am-12:15pm - Atwood
•    December 17 (Sat.) 8:45am-12:15pm - Chrisman

•    December 27 (Sat.) 8:45am-12:15pm - Danville

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:

•    Tuesday, December 6 from 5:30-7:30pm
•    Tuesday, December 13 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.***

We will be hosting a repack specifically for children as young as 8 and their parents or guardians for Day of Giving.   Kids must be accompanied by their parent(s) or guardian.  Click here to register and learn more.


  • 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.

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.

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!