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.

HYDRATION STATION:  The Foodbank is in need of 7-10 volunteers to help with hydration stations along the Marathon course.  Volunteers will receive an official EIF volunteer t-shirt!  Represent the Foodbank and pass out water to thirsty runners.  Volunteers are needed on the morning of Saturday, April 25.  If you can help, email me at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org.

TEAM EIF: WILL RUN FOR FOOD:  Join TEAM EIF and help alleviate childhood hunger in eastern Illinois! By running for TEAM EIF you will help raise money for our School Pantry Program which addresses childhood hunger in our service area through the provision of groceries to students and their families at school.  If you haven't registered for The Illinois Marathon yet, email me at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org. Those who join our team will get a special discount!  Also, every runner that raises at least $25 (or 150 meals) will receive an awesome EIF "Will Run for Food" headband to wear on race day.

EXPO: The Foodbank will have a booth at the Marathon Expo where our runners can pick up their headbands and where families and friends of runners can get an official EIF Cheer Sign to support their favorite runner.  We need help for the following shifts:

  • Thursday, April 23: 
  • Friday, April 24: 
    8:45-11:30am | 11:15am-1:30pm 

If you can help, email Kristen at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org and note which activity and shift you'd like to cover.

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 needs for volunteers to help on the following distribution date(s):

If you can help, please email Kristen at volunteer(at)eifoodbank.org.

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, March 31 from 5:30-7:30pm -- FULL
  • CLICK HERE to register for Friday repack dates
  • CLICK HERE to register for Tuesday or Thursday Repacks in April

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.***

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.


  • 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.

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.

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!