Northern Illinois Food Bank
273 Dearborn Court
St. Charles, IL 60134
Name and Position of Contact Person:
Jennifer Orlando, Volunteer Coordinator
(630) 443-6910 ext. 159
Days/Hours Available for Service Learners:
Hours vary depending on the project. See our online calendar for details on shift options.
General food processing and sorting hours are: Monday - Thursday 9am-Noon & 1pm-4pm, Tuesday Evenings 6pm-8:30pm, Saturdays from 9am-11:30am and the 2nd Saturday of the month 1pm-3:30pm.
Description of Organization:
Northern Illinois Food Bank is a non-profit organization that engages the community in a commitment to feed our hungry neighbors. Across 13 counties, food manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to our more than 700 network partners – the food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs that serve more than 60,000 different people each week. The food bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Lake County (North Suburban Center) and Loves Park (Northwest Center) and has an office in Joliet. Northern Illinois Food Bank serves the following counties: Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago. Our vision is for no one to be hungry in northern Illinois. Our mission is to lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships
Description of Service Learner Role:
Product Processing & Food Sorting – sort, evaluate, clean, and package donated food prior to distribution.
Office and Clerical Support – Monday through Saturday each week with flexible hours. Help needed in filing, data-entry, preparing mailings, research, reception etc.
Warehouse: The volunteer(s) need to be flexible in regard to project, work well in a physical setting, and able to work both with small and large groups. Skills and abilities vary by the type of task assigned; the ability to lift 15-30 pounds is preferred for some tasks while other tasks require light to no lifting. Some tasks require bending, the use of box cutters, reading and writing skills, and the ability to evaluate product. It is important to know that it is an open warehouse setting where standing and some light lifting is required. In addition, those with severe food allergies should contact the food bank to see if accommodations can be made.
Office: The volunteer(s) should be flexible in regard to projects and able to work well in an office setting. Experience with basic Microsoft Office programs and navigating the internet is preferred. However, this is not required for some tasks/projects. Skills needed vary based on project, cognitive skills such as reading and writing and the ability to read and write English are necessary. The volunteer(s) will need to demonstrate a welcoming, personable attitude, able to communicate requested information to individuals coming to the food bank and conduct themselves in a professional manor.
Number of Placements Available:
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258, (630) 942-2230
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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