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Selfless Community Service - Chicago Food Depository

The Depository is very organized and does it's best to make the volunteers feel good and have fun. I always enjoy my time there as an individual volunteer - it will be great to bring a group! Be sure to remove yourself from the list if you sign up and can't go. Thanks :-)

Repack sessions are the most common volunteer opportunity at the Food Depository. These are held in three hour time slots. Projects include repacking bulk products such as pasta or rice to individual/family portions, assembling boxes with assorted food, checking expiration dates, labeling products, gleaning products, etc. While projects are determined based on warehouse needs, all repack sessions are spent in the warehouse.

Volunteers must wear long pants and close-toed shoes. You will not be permitted to work in the warehouse if you are wearing sandals or shorts/ short skirt. Depending on the project you are assigned to, you may be asked to remove jewelry above the waist (including piercings, but rings are acceptable).

In addition to a positive attitude(!), we ask that each volunteer bring at least one nonperishable food item. Priority items include: cereal (cold and hot), canned vegetables, soup, stew, tuna, canned fruit, rice, beans, pasta, pasta sauce, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese.

If you have any further questions go to and check out the FAQ page.

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  • eric

    About 20 groups from throughout the county worked on 2 assembly line projects...metta in action! What was consciousness raising was the fact that 1 in 6 in the county are affected by hunger. In a nation as rich as ours, that is unconscionable.

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Eric and I assembled and labeled all the boxes at one end, Joanne and Suzanne broke down boxes on the other. In between about 3600 meals were made for schools in the Chicago area. Nice showing for the LaGrange sitting group!

    April 6, 2013

  • Joanne J.

    It was fun and very rewarding. Suzanne and I moved 3600 cans of soup!

    April 6, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Hard work and a good time!

    April 6, 2013

  • Nuni

    I'm sorry for the late notice. I have to go to Milwaukee early Saturday.

    April 3, 2013

  • Suzanne

    If we get people on the waiting list, I say we can take them all!

    February 21, 2013

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