Greater Chicago Food Depository

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.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and other volunteers, we strongly encourage all volunteers who join us to be fully vaccinated. At this time, vaccination is not a requirement to volunteer and we will not be checking vaccination status upon arrival. We are still requiring volunteers to wear masks (regardless of vaccination status) and practice social distancing when volunteering.

  • Unfortunately we are not able to supply masks for volunteers. Please view this guide to mask-wearing from the CDC.

Our age restrictions allow us to welcome 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 learn more about how we are keeping our volunteers safe during our volunteer sessions, please view this video.

Other announcements:

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

Groups are 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. If your group will be more than 30 people, please contact Kelsey Kyle at

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