Volunteers are essential to our mission. This National Volunteer Week, the Food Depository staff shares a few words of gratitude for all the people who make it possible for us to deliver food and hope throughout Cook County.
Volunteer repack sessions in our warehouse are essential to our daily impact! Here are some of the typical activities you can expect:
Repack bulk products into individual and family-sized portions
Sort and categorize donated food items
Glean fresh produce items and bread
Label donations and purchased food items
The goal of the FRESH Truck is to promote Food as Medicine, the idea that health is directly related to the food we consume. Working in collaboration with community healthcare providers and Food Depository staff, volunteers assist with client intake, restocking produce and being personal shoppers.
FRESH Truck volunteers must be at least 16 years old, or 12 or older with an adult. Volunteers who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi and Vietnamese are especially needed at FRESH Truck sites.
Two-person teams deliver fresh produce to our network of member agencies each weekday morning, as well as food for Healthy Student Markets. Volunteers drive the summer Lunch Bus to distribute children’s meals. Vehicles are provided. Volunteer drivers must go through an application process. Drivers must be at least 25 years old and willing to commit to regular volunteering.
Throughout the year, volunteers help at a variety of off-site events and food collections. These events include:
Food rescue at industry trade shows
Annual Hunger Walk
Seasonal corn and squash harvests
Holiday food drive collections
Check the calendar for more information on these events as they are announced.
One Saturday per month, the Food Depository hosts a Kids Day. These repack sessions are designated for families or groups with children ages 5-13. We welcome families and groups of up to 20 volunteers with one adult for each child. During winter and summer breaks, we also host bonus Kids Days. Check the calendar for Kids Day availability.
We’re here to help with your volunteer experience. Read our FAQ, or contact our Volunteer Services team at 773-247-3663 with any other questions.
Anyone volunteering to complete court-ordered community service must fill out an application before scheduling a session.
Venture out into the community and help make an impact across Cook County. Many of our member agencies offer volunteer opportunities. Find an agency in your neighborhood.