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Volunteering at Greater Chicago Food Depository

Berry Church is sending up to 20 volunteers for an afternoon project at the Chicago Food Depository, located at 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago. Volunteers should plan to carpool from Berry, leaving at 12pm.

Please contact Judy Alspach at or 773-541-1281 no later than Monday, September 18, if you are planning to join us. You must also register online with the Depository before volunteering:

What we will be doing:

The Greater Chicago Food Depository regularly needs volunteers to help with repacking donated food and other products. The repack session is a great introduction to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the work we do here, and the need that we see in Cook County. A lot of the food we receive at our warehouse comes in bulk quantities and volunteers are scheduled to help us break it down into more manageable sizes. In a repack session you might be sorting produce, looking over a shipment of bread, or repacking bulk dry goods (cereal, pasta, rice) into smaller quantities. Together, we can properly and efficiently distribute quality food to participating food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County.

Volunteer Services can be reached for questions at or  773-247-3663.

Additional info:

Volunteers must be able to stand for up to 90 minutes while doing some light lifting and bending. Some seated positions are available depending on project.  Lockers with locks are available on site, but please note that we are a tobacco-free and weapons-free campus.

Punctuality: Plan on arriving at least ten minutes before the start of the session, so we can begin punctually.  Once production is underway in the warehouse, we are not able to add late comers to the projects.

Dress Code: Long pants, covered shoulders, and enclosed shoes are required to work in the warehouse.

Jewelry: Some projects will require all jewelry to be removed. No visible facial piercing jewelry, other than in the ears, is allowed.

Minimum age: Volunteers must be 14 years old.  Volunteers 14 or 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

Earlier Event: August 28
Vacation Bible School
Later Event: September 28
Berry at Farmers Market