Northern Illinois Food Bank - Public

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* If you need SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS (seated tasks, shorter shift times, etc) or must complete court-mandated hours, you MUST contact a member of the Volunteer Team by calling 630.443.6910 (press #2) in order to sign up. We cannot guarantee your request if you sign up online without speaking to a Volunteer Team member first. Thank you!.

** Volunteers MUST wear fully-enclosed shoes for all volunteer activities - if not, they will be sent home and have to reschedule.

The Food Bank aligns with CDC recommendations
• It is required that team members, volunteers and visitors to our Center, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear their mask indoors given the rising COVID transmission rates in our service area. Masks are available at our Centers for individuals who forget to bring one.
• Masks are not required when outdoors when a safe distance from others in maintained.
• Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms
• Test and quarantine if you are not fully vaccinated and travel out of state to orange-designated states until negative test results come back. The Food Bank follows the Chicago Department of Public Health Emergency Travel Order.
• Wash hands regularly
• Wear gloves for food packing projects as directed by Food Bank staff
Thank you for your cooperation. Contact us at with any questions.

• Groups up to 14 VOLUNTEERS in size may register online
• Groups of 15+ VOLUNTEERS MUST speak to a VOLUNTEER TEAM MEMBER prior to registering for a shift

• 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
• 1 adult for every 4 youth for ages 8-12
• 1 adult for every 10 youth for ages 13-15

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