If you’re looking to give back around the holidays, Northern Illinois Food Bank has plenty of opportunities for families to lend a helping hand.
Volunteers over the age of 8 can help repackage bulk items, such as cereal or pasta, to be sent out to needy families in the area. Volunteers are instructed not to wear jewelry and will be provided with gloves, a hairnet and an apron that must be worn during the shift. This is a great way to get kids involved at a younger age. (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-3 p.m.)
To help benefit the Spirit of Giving Food Drive, put on by Dominick’s and ABC 7 Chicago, volunteer to post up at a local Dominick’s store for a few hours. Volunteers will be distributing Northern Illinois Food Bank information and thanking customers for their donations. (Saturdays, November 10-December 22)
You can also help out with office work and reception duties at any of the Centers or train to become a volunteer supervisor and lead groups of volunteers.
The work of generous community members allows the food bank to reach more and more homes of those in need each year. Last year 14,000 volunteers donated almost 100,000 hours to the food bank. Be a part of that number this year!