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The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year.
It is a rewarding experience volunteering at the Food Depository, knowing that you are helping to feed the hungry within Cook County. The opportunities include repacking bulk products, assembling boxes with assorted foods, checking expiration dates and labeling products. They have their volunteer calendar available on their website; however, they do fill up quickly. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old during regular sessions. The Food Depository does host Kids Days once a month on a Saturday afternoon to allow kids 5 to 13 a chance to volunteer (they must be accompanied with an adult). They also welcome groups (20 or fewer) with kids as long as there is one adult for each child (this needs to be pre-arranged).