Food bank volunteer

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Immediate Needs

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Individual and Group Opportunities

FOOD REPACK
Help repack bulk products to individual/family sizes, assemble boxes with assorted food, check expiration dates and label and glean products. We work with individual volunteers and large groups during repack sessions, Tuesdays through Saturdays. See our calendar for available sessions (posted four months in advance).

Participants must be at least 14 years old, but kids ages 5 to 13 may volunteer with an adult during monthly Kids Days. Groups of 20 or fewer are welcome with one adult for each child.

CALL: 773-247-3663
EMAIL: volunteerservices@gcfd.org for details.

High school and youth groups with more than five students must contact Volunteer Services to schedule a session. Please do not use our interactive schedule to book your session.

(Note: Anyone volunteering to complete court-ordered community service must fill out an application and return it by mail, fax or electronically to the Volunteer Services department before scheduling a session.)

LOADING TRUCKS
We ship more than 150,000 pounds of food every day. Volunteers are needed weekday mornings to help load our trucks. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and able to lift up to 50 pounds.

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PRODUCE DELIVERY AND PICK UP
Every weekday morning, volunteer teams of two drive our vehicles to deliver fresh produce to member agencies or pick up food drive food at local organizations. Volunteers should be at least 16 years old with a valid drivers license, and able to lift at least 40 pounds.

CALL: 773-843-5422
EMAIL: volunteerservices@gcfd.org

ADMINISTRATIVE
Volunteers are needed to assist with administrative tasks such as filing, data entry and occasionally large mailings.

CALL: 773-843-5422
EMAIL: volunteerservices@gcfd.org

ORDER CHECKING
Our member agencies, including pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, come to us to pick up orders. We need volunteers to ensure they are receiving the correct items. Volunteers are needed on a long-term basis and must be available to work once per week.

CALL: 773-843-5422
EMAIL: volunteerservices@gcfd.org

EVENTS
Volunteers are needed to help at special events throughout the year at off-site locations. Tasks include hosting an information table and answering questions, collecting food donations, fundraising, speaking to groups and registering attendees.

CALL: 773-843-5422
EMAIL: volunteerservices@gcfd.org

FOOD SHOWS
Volunteers are needed to help collect food donations from vendors after the close of food industry trade shows. Food show season begins in March and continues through November. Most "food rescues" take place at McCormick Place, and volunteers must be 18 years old.

CALL: 773-843-5422
EMAIL: volunteerservices@gcfd.org

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Skilled volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals, deliver food and tutor individuals. Various skilled volunteers are needed regularly.

CALL: 773-843-5422
EMAIL: volunteerservices@gcfd.org

Volunteer at an Agency

Volunteering at our member soup kitchens, pantries and shelters offers an opportunity to directly assist your community. Whether you help prepare and serve meals, deliver food or tutor, your time and talent are greatly appreciated.

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