Northern Illinois Food Bank - Public

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* Those needing to complete Court-mandated hours of service, may not register through this online system. Please contact us directly at 630.443.6910 x192 and leave a message.

** Please be advised that all volunteers MUST wear fully-enclosed shoes in order to participate in food packing activities at any of our Centers. Volunteers not wearing proper footwear will not be able to help pack food.


  • COVID-19 HEALTH STATEMENT & PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUPMENT (PPE) REQUIREMENTS (effective 3/24/2020) - all volunteers must sign off on our VOLUNTEER HEALTH CERTIFICATION submitting on their shift date. Volunteers must do this for EACH VOLUNTEER SHIFT (even if you volunteer regularly). Temperatures will be taken upon arrival if not taken at home. Volunteers must properly wear a mask (covering the nose and chin) at all times when entering our Centers and attending our offsite distributions. Disposable gloves will be provided for all projects. Hand-washing, sanitizing and social distancing will be maintained during all volunteer activities.
  • COVID-19 EMERGENCY TRAVEL ORDER: The Food Bank follows the Chicago Department of Public Health Emergency Travel Order that directs travelers returning to Chicago from states experiencing COVID-19 hot spots to quarantine for 10 days. This guideline is to be followed by our volunteers and team members. We ask that volunteers also quarantine if they or a member of their household has traveled to one of the identified states for more than 24 hours. Please visit the Chicago Emergency Travel Order website to learn more.


  • Groups of LESS than 25 volunteers may register online – FASTEST WAY TO RESERVE YOUR SHIFT
  • Groups of 25 or MORE must contact a Volunteer Coordinator to register
  • Group Leaders – please share proper safety/footwear requirements with your group members


  • Food Sort & Pack shifts – must be at least 8 years of age
  • Grocery Distribution shifts – must be at least 12 years of age
  • Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older
  • One adult for every four youth ages 8-12 with a group; one adult for every ten youth ages 13-15

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