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The Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry is 100% dependent on a strong network of volunteers to perform its daily operations.

Who can Volunteer

Individuals and volunteer organizations are welcome. However we cannot accept current clients, except in cases where a specific skill is needed.  Groups of 2 or more should call in advance at 815-439-8394 to make appropriate arrangements.

Community Service

Volunteers attempting to fulfill community service hours should call in advance for more information and to confirm availability.

How to Volunteer

Call 815-439-8394 for more information and to schedule an introductory visit. 

Interested volunteers and volunteer organizations are asked to complete a short Volunteer Application and Information Sheet and to sign the Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry Confidentiality Agreement to protect the rights of its clients.

Volunteer Application and Information Sheet
Confidentiality Agreement

Due to space limitations at our distribution facility, new and ad hoc volunteers wishing to help with distributions should call in advance to confirm if additional volunteers are needed for a specific date.

In addition to the distribution dates listed on our home page, volunteers are generally needed Mon, Tues, Wed and Friday mornings and occasional other unscheduled times during the week to help with sorting and shelving at our warehouse or with food transport . Food Drives are often delivered (or must be picked up) with very short notice.

Typical Volunteer Activities

  • Local food pickup (vehicle needed).  Scheduled M,W,Th & Fr a.m. at groceries plus ad hoc donation pickups
  • Receiving scheduled food deliveries
  • Stocking and rotating food and dry goods
  • Packing bags / boxes for client distribution

  • Computer data entry
  • Interpreting / Translating
  • Outside traffic control on distribution days
  • Receiving / sorting donations
  • Maintenance
  • Cleaning
  • Assist carrying food to cars on distribution days
  • Other as needed

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