A Day in the Life of a Food Bank Volunteer

Interested in volunteering at your local food bank but don’t know where to do so or how to get involved? Then you’ve come to the right place. Food banks are always looking for help, which means there are plenty of opportunities for you. Here are some of the things you can expect from your volunteering experience. 

What Do Volunteers Do At a Food Bank in Illinois?

Have you ever wondered what volunteers do at food banks? Once you sign up to be a food bank or soup kitchen volunteer, you can expect to help with various tasks depending on what is needed. Serving so many people in the Northern Illinois community leaves plenty of work to get done. You could be part of the team that sorts food, delivers, distributes, or another similar key role. Each role gets us one step closer to fulfilling our neighbor’s needs.


Getting Started as a Food Bank Volunteer

Before you sign up for volunteering opportunities, you’ll need to pick a location and ensure you can fit the hours and role requirements. All of this information can be found here. As you’ll see, there are plenty of roles to be filled, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t immediately see one you want to fulfill. At some points of the year, there may be more roles available. This is especially true near the end of the year. Once you’ve found a role, you’ll need to call that location to get started.

Volunteer Roles You Could Fill

As a volunteer, you could find yourself doing one of several roles. But no matter what you’re doing, we prioritize your health and safety at all times. We follow all CDC protocols and local guidance on sanitation and hygiene. This keeps our volunteers safe and ensures the food they come in contact with is safe for families.

Give Back to Your Community—Sign up to Volunteer

Ready to get involved in the Northern Illinois area as a food bank volunteer? There are so many ways you can help—and you don’t have to do it alone. Encourage friends and family to join you. Find a role that fits your schedule here.