We invite and welcome volunteers. Some of the jobs available include: Interviewing clients, translating, filling bags of food, sorting food, unloading trucks, storing food, drivers to pick up food, drivers for homebound deliveries, help out with special events and fundraisers, serve as board members, administrative duties, and grant-writing. We award court-ordered community service hours, as well as service hours for students.
Other Unique Ways to Help Irving Park Community Food Pantry
Organize an “Irving Park Food Pantry Team” and walk in the Annual GCFD Hunger Walk. The Hunger Walk is a 5K (3.2 miles), which steps off at Soldier Field. The Greater Chicago Food Depository hosts this event to raise funds and awareness for hunger in our community. This is the largest one-day anti-hunger event in Chicago that brings together all of Cook County. GCFD covers the overhead expenses for the event so all funds raised will aid the Pantry directly. The event is usually held during the last Saturday of June, and runs from about 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. It’s a fun idea for a company outing, and it’s for a great cause!
Volunteer on site at GCFD and earn us credit towards our account! You can actually volunteer at GCFD and have your time credited to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry! For every hour you work at GCFD, our pantry earns credit that is applied to our account, which means we pay only pennies for our food supplies. Let them know you want your hours to be credited to Irving Park Community Food Pantry (Agency #A00113) at the time that you sign up. This is another great group outing idea!
Train to be a WebSNAP interviewer: Help clients from all over Cook County sign up for WebSNAP benefits/Link Card. Simply attend a short training session, and you will be ready to walk clients through the first steps of applying for benefits from the Department of Human Services.