Food bank volunteer

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Join volunteers like you that offered more than 88,000 hours of help last year, making it possible for us to distribute 70 million pounds of food.

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 two 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.

(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 DOCK
We ship more than 150,000 pounds of food every day. Volunteers are needed for at least three hours 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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VOLUNTEER DRIVERS
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 25 years old with a valid drivers license, be able to lift at least 50 pounds and be willing to undergo a background check and drug screening.

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.

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 April and continues through June. Most of these "food rescues" take place at McCormick Place and the Rosemont Convention Center, and volunteers must be 18 years old.

Questions about volunteer opportunities? Contact our Volunteer Services Team

PHONE: 773-247-3663, Option 3
EMAIL: volunteerservices@gcfd.org

Volunteer at an Agency

Volunteering at our member pantries, soup kitchens 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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