Volunteer / Participate / Advocate
We are always looking for great volunteers. Central Illinois Foodbank needs volunteers to help with events, stock shelves, repack food, and to rescue food from local retailers. Groups and individuals are welcome. For current volunteer opportunities, please see the Volunteer Opportunities page. The best way to stay informed about our current volunteer opportunities is to sign up for our Volunteer Email Alerts.
All e-mail addresses are user submitted. We do not sell/lend our lists (for e-mail OR direct mail) to outisde entities.
What can you do to help? The possibilities are limitless. You can work by yourself, or organize a group to fight hunger. We've included a few ways that you can make a difference, but we're always amazed at the innovative, creative ideas people bring to us each year.
- Host a Food Drive -
Food drives are a fun and engaging group activity that may be easily conducted. A food drive is a perfect way to get your coworkers, friends, or organization to help fight hunger locally. Food drives provide the Foodbank with a variety of critically needed non-perishable food items. For a twist on the traditional food drive, you may collect non-food items such as: toiletries, soap, diapers, detergent, and other household items.
- Plant A Row -
Gardeners make a difference in their community through Plant A Row. An apple from your tree, tomatoes from your garden, or anything in between may be donated. Plant A Row is an excellent source of produce for the Foodbank, and it allows us to distribute healthier food to the community. Central Illinois Foodbank will accept any fresh produce donations as long as they are not processed.
- Corporate Food Fight Challenge - The Corporate Food Fight Challenge is a year-long food & fund drive competition between local Springfield businesses. Participants select a month to conduct a food drive and compete to collect the most pounds of food per employee. Each month a business is collecting food for the Corporate Food Drive Challenge, representing that hunger is with us 365 days a year. The Corporate Food Fight Challenge is operated by the Young Springfield Professionals Network.
Hunger in America is an issue that requires cooperation at all levels of government and society. From the legislators who vote on policy regarding people in need, to local groups serving people in the community, it's the responsibility of us all to understand the causes of hunger and take steps to fight it. The first step to becoming a hunger advocate is education.
- Map the Meal Gap - Map the Meal Gap identified county-level food insecurity and food budget gap data for the first time ever. View county-level food insecurity levels for the entire United States.
This study also details poverty levels and their relation to food insecurity.
- Hunger in America 2010 - Feeding America publishes
a nation-wide report with localized information every 4 years about food insecurity and food bank output in the United States.
- Hunger 101 - Why are people hungry in America? Who is going without food? Why don't food stamps fix the issue? For more information about commonly asked questions regarding hunger in America, click here.