We have several volunteer opportunities available for kids and adults right at our facility in Chicago. Meet new people, have fun and make a real impact to the community.
We work with individual volunteers and large groups during repack sessions, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Participants must be at least 14 years old. Youth ages 14 and 15 may volunteer when accompanied by an adult over age 18.
High school youth groups can volunteer with 1 adult for every 10 youth.
Kids Days are offered monthly. Families and groups of 20 or fewer are welcome with one child per adult so kids ages 5-13 may volunteer. Check the calendar for special repack sessions during summer and winter breaks.
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.
Every weekday morning, two-person volunteer teams deliver fresh produce to member agencies and pick up food drive donations from local organizations.
Our volunteer drivers must:
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.
The Food Depository hosts events throughout the year at offsite locations. Volunteer support is needed with several tasks:
Food industry trade shows prevent waste by donating excess food after they close. Volunteers are needed to assist with these food rescues. 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. Volunteers must be 18 years old.