Service Learning Hours: Chicago Food Depository

Volunteer at the Main Depository

4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632

Opportunities include repacking bulk products to individual/family sizes, assembling boxes with assorted food, checking expiration dates and labeling and gleaning products. The Food Depository can accommodate individual volunteers and large groups during repack sessions. We offer sessions Tuesdays through Saturdays. Please refer to our calendar and choose an available date to book a session. All available sessions will be posted four months in advance. We are currently scheduling through January 2012. The February 2012 schedule will open on November 1, 2011.

Participants must be at least 14 years old to volunteer at the Food Depository during regular sessions. The Food Depository hosts Kids Days once a month on a Saturday afternoon. Kids ages 5 to 13 may volunteer with an adult during Kids Days only. Groups of 20 or fewer are welcome with one adult for each child. Please call 773-247-3663 or for details and availability.

Volunteer at a local agency

CANAAN MBC PANTRY, 6659 South Harvard, is a food pantry that is requesting volunteers to help restock shelves, assist clients make food selections, sort produce, file client records, and assist with heavy cartons/bags for elderly and disabled clients. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays. Volunteers may be asked to do some lifting, stair climbing, data entry and filing.

Minimum age: 5. Maximum group size: 12.

Contact: Claire Callahan

CHATHAM-AVALON MINISTRIES, 8601 S. State St., is a food pantry that is seeking volunteers to help unloading food and stocking shelves on the first Wednesday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers will need to be able to lift 20 pounds or more.

Minimum age: 18. Maximum group size: 4.

Contact: Anna Horton 708-557-4747

CHOSEN TABERNACLE MINISTRIES, 7401 S. Yates Blvd., is a food pantry that is looking for volunteers to provide administrative client intake and to oversee food as clients choose food products from their “choice based” pantry distribution model. Volunteers are needed on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will need to able to stand for at least 30 minutes.

Minimum age: 18. Maximum group size: 10.

Contact: Pastor Sandra Gillespie 312-749-8991

HYDE PARK KENWOOD FOOD PANTRY, 1169 E. 56th St. (side door of 5600 S. Woodlawn), is seeking assistance with their Saturday food distributions from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers will help to set up the distribution area, pack grocery bags and cases of food and carry them to the recipients, organize/clean the pantry storage area and take inventory after the distribution. Volunteers must be able to climb up and down the stairs while carrying groceries, arrive on time, and treat recipients with respect and friendliness.

Minimum age: 11. Maximum group size: 6.

Contact: Jan Deckenbach 773-702-7034

HYDE PARK S.D.A. CHURCH, 4608 S. Drexel Blvd., is a soup kitchen that needs volunteers on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help with meal preparation, cleaning, organizing the pantry and working with clients.

No minimum age. Maximum group size: 25.

Contact: Vickie Wilson 773-350-3298

MERCY HOME/FRIENDS FIRST MENTORING, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., is a community based mentoring program that needs volunteers to provide one-on-one mentoring. This includes doing fun, free activities with an assigned child of the same gender, with complete staff support and supervision. Volunteers will meet two or three times per month for one year. Volunteers are required to attend an info session, and participate in an interview, background check and training. Volunteers choose the type of child they wish to mentor.

Minimum age: 21. Maximum group size: 1.

Contact: Mary Ann Pilet 312-738-7552

TRCDO – HARVEST FOR THE WORLD, 1415 W. 104th St., is a food pantry that is seeking volunteer help on Fridays and Saturdays. Volunteers are needed to pack food bags, give food to clients, take the food to clients’ cars, and remove from storage areas. Volunteers will need to have good customer service skills and be able to lift bags of about 25 to 30 pounds.

Minimum age: 18. Maximum group size: 6.

Contact: Lynn Munson 773-881-7710

WORD OF TRUTH, 1845 W. 35th St., is a food pantry whose primary need is for volunteers to help with food/clothes distributions, stocking shelves, cleaning, organizing clothes, filing papers, and grant writing. English-Spanish skills helpful. Volunteers are needed on Saturdays (9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Volunteers are required to meet with the Director before their first volunteer day.

Minimum age: 13. Maximum group size: 5.

Contact: Lawon Tidwell 773-754-9554


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