Volunteering in the community is a great way to learn about hunger in your community and help out local nonprofits. Please see below for some opportunities in your area:

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Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank

We are looking for volunteers to come out to our various volunteer opportunities that we have throughout the 13 counties that we serve in Northern Illinois. To sign up, please just visit our website at https://solvehungertoday.civicore.com/NIFB/index.php?section=volOpportunities&action=calendar.All of our volunteers must wear a mask and closed-toed shoes. Thank you so much and hopefully we see you soon!

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Volunteer at a Repack Session
We have an urgent need for volunteers to pack food boxes, sort produce and help repack bulk food items in our warehouse. You can help our COVID-19 response and support our neighbors facing hunger. We offer two sessions a day, Tuesday – Saturday and welcome volunteers age 11 and older. Visit https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/volunteer to sign up for an available session.

While we continue to follow social distancing protocols, we also are welcoming groups of up to 10 people for volunteer repack sessions.

We are located at 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place Chicago, IL 60632. For any questions, call 773-247-3663 ext. 3 or email volunteerservices@gcfd.org.

Care for Real

Care for Real

Volunteer Opportunities at Care for Real, 5339 N Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60640

Food Distribution Tables-Care for Real utilizes Client Choice food distribution where a client walks through several stations to pick their choices in canned and dried foods, meat, dairy, bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Volunteers assist them with choices for their needs. A cheerful disposition and ability to interact with a wide variety of clients is needed for this front line position. Volunteers in this area should be available to work from 8:30am to 12:30pm on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday or from 8:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday. Volunteers should be able to stand during the entire distribution period.

Food Distribution Warehouse-These volunteers keep the shelves stocked for the Client Choice Tables and more. They receive donations, sort food, repackage food, unload food delivery vans and assist wherever needed. Volunteers in this area should be available to work 8:30am to 12:30pm on either Monday, Wednesday or Friday or from 8:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday. Let us know if you are not able to carry boxes over 25 pounds.

Clothes Closet-Care for Real offers one of the few free clothing services in the city. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm to receive, sort and display clothing. Additional volunteers are needed to assist clients with clothing selections during distribution hours. Clothing distribution hours are: Monday and Wednesday 10:30am to 12 noon; Thursday 9am to 12noon; Friday 3pm to 5pm; and Saturday 11am to 1pm.

Administrative-Office volunteers greet visitors, answer the phones, scan and copy documents and assist in special projects. A helping attitude is required and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is an added benefit. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm, and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Special Events-Care for Real is always seeking friendly professionals to help staff an information booth, distribute materials, or be a greeter at fundraisers and special events.

Other Areas-Tell us about your special talents. Are you a blogger who can contribute articles to our website; a website developer who can help us with our website; a person who is talented at creating presentations or videos; or experienced at writing grants and soliciting donations? Just tell us and we’ll put you to work.

To sign up to volunteer, please visit: https://careforreal.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Volunteer orientation takes place on Saturday mornings. You must pre-register by emailing volunteer@careforreal.org or calling our volunteer coordinator, Karen, at 773-769-6182

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository has an urgent need for volunteers to pack food for our COVID-19 response. Volunteer groups are welcomed into the facility Tuesday through Saturday to sort and repack food for distribution to the community. Visit https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/volunteer/ for more information.

Old Schoolhouse Community Garden & Orchard

Thank You for your interest in Old Schoolhouse Community Garden-Hillside, IL
We have many volunteer opportunities available as well as garden plots to grow your own food.
We also support our Food Pantry by planting, growing, maintaining and harvesting fresh produce in our gardens. A fruit Tree Orchard has been donated to us so we can feed the community and support the Food Banks with fresh fruit. We also collect and distribute non-perishable food items through Immanuel Lutheran Church and Immanuel Christian Academy.
We offer adult and children educational courses pertaining to all types of gardening, including butterfly and bee habitat preservation.

You and/or your group are welcome to join us any volunteer work day. You may also come and volunteer during the week if you call ahead. Please bring your own tools, gloves or weed removers if you have them.
Location: 4733 Cermak Rd, Hillside, IL 60162
Garden Work Days are the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month from April to November, from 9am- Noon.

Put Your Hands Together Community Food Outreach

We need volunteers every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the Month from 10am-1pm. Volunteer duties are traffic control, registration, grocery bag handlers, box handlers and loaders, set-up, clean-up all for Food Distribution in our Pop-Up Food Pantry.
Some volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time, move quickly and be able to lift 25lb. produce boxes. Masks and gloves are worn at all times when in direct contact with participants and vehicles. Distribution takes place at Immanuel Lutheran Church & School, 2317 S. Wolf Rd., Hillside, Illinois 60162, (708) 562-5580. Volunteer Sign-up at:

Hunger Free America

Hunger Free America

Virtual Opportunity: COVID-19 Food Assistance Project – Volunteers are needed to verify emergency food site information across the nation. Many sites have changed operations and hours due to COVID-19, volunteers are ascertaining these changes and updating our database via a survey form. Volunteers should be moderately comfortable using web technology and speaking over the phone. The results are freely available to the public by request, via an electronic mapping tool, and the USDA Hunger Hotline. Having accurate data means a hungry family can find an open pantry near them at any time.
More details and sign up via: www.hungervolunteer.volunteerhub.com

Contact:  swinter@hungerfreeamerica.org

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