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Volunteer at the Foodbank

Take an active role in ensuring children, seniors, and families in our community have access to nutritious foods by volunteering your time and talents to the Foodbank. Volunteers are a vital part of our mission, and contributed 13,000 hours to help distribute 9 million pounds of food from our warehouse last fiscal year.

How can you help?

Volunteer opportunities include:

Food Sorting

Sort, inspect, and organize donated items for distribution. Volunteers must have the ability to lift 25 lbs.

Volunteer Hours:

Clerical, Janitorial, Warehouse:  
Monday - Friday| 8:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Retail Store Donation Drivers:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 7:30 am to 12:00 pm


Assist with office/clerical support. Volunteer hours available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and as needed.


Assist with general cleaning and maintenance. Volunteer hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Assist with maintaining warehouse, incoming donations, and picking up orders, as needed. Must have the ability to lift 40 lbs. Volunteer hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Retail Store Donation Program Drivers

Our Food Rescue Program that saves thousands of pounds of food each year depends on dedicated volunteers. Volunteers will drive one of our trucks to participating grocery stores to collect what otherwise may be thrown away and still good. Volunteers must be able to lift 40 lbs and have a valid driver's license. Special driving classification, such as a CDL, is not generally required.

Become a volunteer with the Foodbank

Complete our required volunteer application form. Click here to print and complete our volunteer form. You may return the completed form by faxing it to 217-522-6418 Attn: Partner Resource Coordinator or mail to Central Illinois Foodbank.

Central Illinois Foodbank
ATTN: Adam Handy, Partner Resource Coordinator
P.O. Box 8228
Springfield, IL 62791

For more information about volunteering, contact the Foodbank at 217.522.4022

Frequently Asked Questions For Volunteers

Do I need to schedule in advance to volunteer?
Yes, all projects must be scheduled in advance.

Can groups volunteer together?
We welcome groups from various organizations to volunteer at the Foodbank. Our volunteer projects can accommodate groups of various sizes; however our maximum group size is 10 volunteers to accommodate social distancing guidelines. If your group is interested in volunteering please contact the Foodbank 217.522.4022 before completing the group application form. Click Here for Group Application

Are children allowed to volunteer at the Foodbank?
Volunteering is a great way to teach children about service. Children ages 12-15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult while volunteering. Children less than 12 years of age are not permitted to volunteer, be unsupervised in the building or under indirect supervision while an adult is volunteering.

What should I wear to volunteer?
The dress code is casual and comfortable. Sneakers, work shoes, or boots are required. All volunteers are required to wear a mask. No heels, open-toed shoes, or sandals are permitted in the warehouse. The warehouse is not temperature-controlled so layers are a good idea. Please leave purses, jewelry and other valuables at home or locked in your car. Central Illinois Foodbank is not responsible for any missing personal belongings.

Is the Foodbank able to accommodate the special needs of a handicapped or disabled person?
We occasionally have projects that volunteers with special needs can help with. Please call the Foodbank for more information.

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