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.

***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.***

EIF is teaming up with the Fighting Illini this athletic season!  Our Illini Fighting Hunger Campaign has a goal to raise 1 million meals during the 2014/2015 athletic season.  You may hear more about this campaign in the media in the coming weeks.  We need your help to get the word out!  We are in need of 3-4 volunteers to pass out promotional materials during Illini Street Fest before every football home game this season. 

When: Times are listed below.  We ask that volunteers stay for the entire Street Fest.  Some game times have not yet been determined however all Illini Street Fests start 2 hours before game time.  

  • 8/30 - 9am - 11am
  • 9/6 - 9am - 11am
  • 9/20 - TBA
  • 10/4 - TBA
  • 10/25 - 9am - 11am
  • 11/15 - TBA
  • 11/22 - TBA

Where:  First Street, between Kirby Avenue and Stadium Drive

If you can help, please email Kristen at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org with your volunteer date(s).


The School Pantry Program is an Eastern Illinois Foodbank-run pantry on site at a high school, to serve students and their families.  Being a Pantry Captain includes ordering for and managing inventory of a small pantry, working with the school to serve the students, keeping records and reports, etc.  Likely it will be open twice a month on set afternoons, and volunteers can expect to put in 20+ hours per month.  This is a volunteer position with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, not with the school.  It does involve passing a background check, being approved by EIF and being approved by the school.  Click here to read the full volunteer description.  Email Donna Camp at dcamp(at)eifoodbank.org for more information. 


EIF will be picking up produce from vendors who signed up for the Farm to Foodbank program through Urbana's Market at the Square.  Produce pick up volunteers are needed from 11:30am-12:30pm on the dates listed below.  Volunteers will need to be able to lift roughly 30 pounds.  If you can help, please email Kristen at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org with your volunteer date(s).

  • August 2, 9, 16, 23
  • September 6, 13, 20, 27

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:

  • Don't miss Operation Orange - EIF's first 12-hour repack!  2-hour shifts are available from 2pm Sept 5 until 2am Sept 6 for volunteers 10 year's old and older.  Children 10-13 year's old must be accompanied by an adult.  Children 5-13 year's old and their parents can sign up for our Kid's Zone from 4-8pm on Sept 5.  Children 5-9 year's old must be accompanied by a parent.  Click here for more info and to register for Operation Orange.  

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


  • To make sure we don’t go over room capacity, please do not attend a repack without contacting Kristen first.
  • We heavily depend on volunteers to repack bulk food product so if you can’t attend please let Kristen know.
  • 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.
  • Please arrive on time.  Explaining repack instructions to one full group is easier on us and decreases the likelihood of repackaging errors.
  • If you are dropping someone off at a repack please be prepared to pick them up early in case the repack wraps up early.
  • Besides the kid's day repacks, 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 10 for warehouse activities.


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.


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!