Eastern Illinois Foodbank
2405 North Shore Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone (217) 328-3663

Volunteering at a Pantry or Kitchen

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank provides food to a large network of 220 agencies–that is, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other emergency food providers–throughout eastern Illinois. Posted here is a list of volunteer opportunities for some of those agencies. Please contact them directly if you’d like to help. Thanks!


Promise Healthcare
819 Bloomington Rd, Champaign, IL
Promise Healthcare is in need of a Pop-Up Pantry Volunteer.  Click here for more information.
Contact: Barb Dalenberg at BDalenberg(at)PromiseHealth.org

Wesley Evening Food Pantry
1203 W. Green St., Urbana, IL
The Wesley Evening Food Pantry is in need of volunteers for its monthly food distribution. Volunteers are needed for food setup, truck unload, and food distribution. Hours vary. Please visit www.wesleypantry.org for more details.  Food distributions are recurring.
This is a year-round volunteer opportunity
Contact: Brittany Coleman, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer(at)wesleypantry.org

McKinley Foundation School Pantry at Garden Hills Elementary School
2001 Garden Hills Dr, Champaign, IL 61821
The School Pantry at Garden Hills is in need of volunteers for its recurring food distribution. Volunteers are needed unloading the truck, stocking shelves and food distribution. Hours vary.
Contact: Pastor Keith, Julie Harris, or Andrea Miller at 344-0297 or message the McKinley Foundation.

Salvation Army of Champaign County
2212 N Market St, Champaign, IL
Salvation Army of Champaign County is need of volunteers for various activities, year-round.  Contact the site for information on current volunteer opportunities.
Contact: Robin Mathis at 217-373-7832

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
124 W. White Street, Champaign, IL
Monday - Friday
Various times for volunteering between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Duties include packing lunches, wrapping silverware, cutting desserts, setting up dining room, serving food, and clean-up
This is a year-round volunteer opportunity
Contact:  Lynn Hall at dbskvolunteering(at)gmail.com

Broadlands Food Pantry
300 South Lincoln, Broadlands, IL
Volunteers are needed to help clients on distribution days:
Second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 9am-10am
Shelving food on delivery day: Third Monday of each month at 9am
This is a year-round volunteer opportunity
Contact:  Roberta Benschneider at 217-834-3575 or rbenschneider(at)juno.com

Martinsville Community Food Pantry
17 North York, Martinsville, IL
Please contact for dates and times to volunteer
Description of Volunteer Activity: Food Distribution with choice selection on all items
This is a year-round volunteer opportunity
Contact: Dawn Wallace at 217-264-4380

Robinson Food Pantry
602 E Pine St. Robinson, IL
Please contact for dates and times to volunteer
Description of Volunteer Activity: Food Distribution
This is a year-round volunteer opportunity
Contact: Pattie Murphy at 618-544-3773

Mattoon Area PADS
2017 Broadway Ave Mattoon, IL
Please contact for dates and times to volunteer
Description of Volunteer Activity: Cooking in food pantry kitchen or working the shelter security desk
This is a year-round volunteer opportunity
Contact: Kayla Spencer at 217-234-7237 or padsshelter(at)gmail.com