Immediate Volunteer Needs

National Restaurant Association Food Show (5/20/14, 3 - 6:30 p.m.): As one of the largest North American food shows, more than 1,800 suppliers and tens of thousands of buyers come together at Chicago’s McCormick Place to showcase everything from the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industries over the course of four days.  We are looking for 140 energetic volunteers to support us May 20, from 3 - 6:30 p.m. in collecting food donations at the close of the show.  Over the last 3 years the NRA Food Show has averaged over 50,000 pounds of donated food! 

For more information or to sign up, contact Max Van Byssum in Volunteer Services at mvanbyssum@gcfd.org or 773-843-2658.

KeHE Food Show (6/9/14, 5 - 7 p.m.): The Food Depository is looking for 50 volunteers to support donation collection on the final day of the KeHE annual Holiday and Product Innovation Show at McCormick Place.

For more information or to sign up, contact Max Van Byssum in Volunteer Services at mvanbyssum@gcfd.org or 773-843-2658.

FMI Connect/United Fresh Food Show (6/12/14, 5 - 7:30 p.m.): Sixty volunteers will help collect donations at McCormick Place at the end of the event. The show was last in Chicago in 2007, when volunteers collected nearly 55,000 pounds of food.

For more information or to sign up, contact Max Van Byssum in Volunteer Services at mvanbyssum@gcfd.org or 773-843-2658.

Volunteer repack sessions

For a list of all volunteer repack sessions, visit our volunteer calendar.

Drivers and Driver Helpers:

Support the distribution and pick-up of food at the Food Depository! Every weekday morning, volunteer teams drive Food Depository vehicles to deliver fresh produce to member agencies or pick up food drive donations at local organizations.  We are looking for volunteer drivers and helpers to volunteer at least once per week. Volunteers must be able to lift up to 50 pounds (will be paired up with a helper), and be willing to undergo a background check, and drug screening to become a driver helper. If you are interested in becoming a driver helper, contact Mark Barnfield at mbarnfield@gcfd.org or 773-843-7794.

Loading Dock:

We also have an ongoing, immediate need for a few volunteers to help load trucks on our loading dock for at least three hours every Monday through Friday. We have several shifts available to choose from. Please note that you must be at least 16 years old and able to lift up to 50 pounds. Please contact volunteerservices@gcfd.org if you are interested in volunteering on the loading dock.


Note: Anyone volunteering to complete court-ordered community service must be approved by our human resources team prior to scheduling. Please fill out an application and return it to the Volunteer Services department along with any court-issued paperwork stating the nature of the offense. This document may be mailed, faxed, returned electronically, or in person during normal business hours.