Greater Chicago Food Depository

Immediate Needs:
Repack: April 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th. 

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.


Please be advised that individuals who fall within one of the following categories are not permitted at our facility at this time:

  1. Those who have been, within the past 14 days, in countries for which the CDC has issued a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice.
  2. Those who have traveled internationally within the past 14 days and during that period have experienced symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  3. Those who have been exposed to COVID-19, or who have, within the past 14 days, experienced fever, cough, and shortness of breath, or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities.


Additionally, we are only accepting volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60 at this time. 


In order to ensure we do not go over capacity, we request that all volunteers register as individuals on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you are interested in volunteering as a group, please share the volunteer calendar with your teammates. We do not allow walk-in volunteers. 


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

We encourage volunteers to wear cloth face coverings when they come to the Food Depository. This follows the latest guidance from the CDC and other public officials. We do not require these coverings and encourage volunteers to bring their own. 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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