Greater Chicago Food Depository

Update: We will be installing new lockers on Wednesday, 09/23. There will not be any lockers available for use that day; please do not bring any items that do not fit in your pockets. 

Groups of up to 10 are now welcome to register for Repack sessions. Group members will still be asked to practice social distancing during the session. Please ensure that all group members use your group link to sign up before the session. We do not allow walk-in volunteers. 

Our age restrictions have been altered, and we are excited to welcome back all volunteers ages 11+. Volunteers 16 and older are welcome to register independently. One adult 18 or older can create a group with up to 9 youth ages 11 - 15. 

Please note that court ordered service is now available at the Greater Chicago Food Depository! Please fill out an application at

Information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The work volunteers do at the Greater Chicago Food Depository is considered essential to our response to COVID-19. As such, volunteer sessions are currently moving ahead as planned. If any changes occur, all impacted individuals will be notified.


To prevent the spread of COVID-19, anyone who fits into any of these categories is not permitted in our facility at this time:

  1. You have been exposed to COVID-19, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities.
  2. Within the past 14 days, you or members of your household have experienced any combination of cough, fever, muscle pain, sore throat, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills/repeated shaking with chills, headache, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea and congestion or runny nose.

To reduce the use of lockers, please only bring essential items with you to your volunteer session. 


As of May 1st, we are now REQUIRING volunteers to wear cloth face coverings or masks when they come to the Food Depository. This follows the latest guidance from the CDC and other public officials. Unfortunately we are not able to supply masks for volunteers. Please watch this video from the U.S. Surgeon General for instructions on making a face covering.

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