Eastern Illinois Foodbank
2405 North Shore Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone (217) 328-3663

Volunteering at a Pantry or Kitchen

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank provides food to a large network of 220 agencies–that is, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other emergency food providers–throughout eastern Illinois. Posted here is a list of volunteer opportunities for some of those agencies. Please contact them directly if you’d like to help. Thanks!


Volunteer at an EIF member agency this holiday season!

TIMES Center (soup kitchen & shelter)
70 E. Washington Champaign, IL
Serving meals -- Mon. thru Sun. - 11:45am-12:30p and 5:30-6:30pm 
Office Work -- Mon., Wed., Thurs. from 9am-12pm
*must call ahead to schedule volunteer time*
This is a year-round volunteer opportunitiy
Contact: Jenn Omer-Knierim 217 398 7785 or jomer@communityelements.org

Wesley Evening Food Pantry
1203 W. Green St., Urbana, IL
Volunteer shifts are available December 16, 17, and 18.
The Wesley Evening Food Pantry is in need of volunteers for its monthly food distribution. Volunteers are needed for food setup, truck unload, and food distribution. Hours vary. Please visit www.wesleypantry.org for more details.  Food distributions are recurring.
This is a year-round volunteer opportunitiy
Contact: Brittany Coleman, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@wesleypantry.org

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
124 W. White Street, Champaign, IL
Monday - Friday
Various times for volunteering between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Duties include packing lunches, wrapping silverware, cutting desserts, setting up dining room, serving food, and clean-up
This is a year-round volunteer opportunitiy
Contact:  Lynn Hall at dbskvolunteering@gmail.com

Broadlands Food Pantry
300 South Lincoln, Broadlands, IL
Volunteers are needed to help clients on distribution days:
Second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 9am-10am
Shelving food on delivery day: Third Monday of each month at 9am
This is a year-round volunteer opportunitiy
Contact:  Roberta Benschneider, 217-834-3575, rbenschneider@juno.com

Martinsville Community Food Pantry
17 North York, Martinsville, IL
Date & Times: Dec. 18, Jan 8, Jan 22,4:00-6:00 pm; Dec. 23, Jan 15, Jan 29, 9:00-1:00 am
Description of Volunteer Activity: Food Distribution with choice selection on all items
This is a year-round volunteer opportunitiy
Contact: Dawn Wallace, 217-264-4380

Robinson Food Pantry
602 E Pine St. Robinson, IL
Date(s) Dec 18,& 29; Jan 5, 8,12,15,22 &26
Time(s) 1 -2 PM
Description of Volunteer Activity: Food Distribution
This is a year-round volunteer opportunitiy
Contact: Pattie Murphy 618-544-3773

Mattoon Area PADS
2017 Broadway Ave Mattoon, IL
Date(s): 7 Days a Week
Time(s): 10:00am- 12:00pm; 6:00pm - 8:00pm; 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Description of Volunteer Activity: Cooking in food pantry kitchen or working the shelter security desk
This is a year-round volunteer opportunitiy
Contact: Kayla Spencer, 217-234-7237, padsshelter@gmail.com