For New Volunteers

We have a dedicated volunteer corps of 5,000 volunteers. We are so grateful to have such a committed group of capable individuals. We have many volunteer opportunities in Chicago for adults, children, and families!

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For Existing Volunteers

Existing volunteers who have gone through orientation can enter their information below to access their Personal Volunteer site. Existing volunteers can view their volunteer history and sign up for future shifts.

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Our COVID-19 Response

As the need for food has drastically increased in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, we will need the help of healthy volunteers to help us pack groceries, sort food, and other important tasks at all of our locations. For the safety of all, volunteer orientation sessions are being held virtually.

Please fill out this form to become a Lakeview Pantry volunteer

What You’ll Need

Our priority, as always, is the health and wellness of all.

  • Masks: We mandate the use of cloth or other non-surgical masks at all Lakeview Pantry sites in accordance with CDC recommendations.
  • Screening Questions: You will also need to complete a brief self-assessment regarding your health.
  • Travel Order: We are requiring that volunteers follow the guidance of the Chicago Emergency Travel Order.

Click here to view volunteer resources and FAQ

Keeping You Safe

We are working hard to take extra precautions, including but not limited to:

  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces
  • Providing gloves and hand sanitizer to our volunteers and staff
  • Encouraging clients to wait in line 6 feet apart
  • Offering only virtual volunteer orientation and social services sessions

Please put your health and safety first, especially if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. Lakeview Pantry truly appreciates the continued dedication of our volunteers during this difficult time. We are always exploring new process improvements to support social distancing. Learn more about our efforts here.

Volunteer Opportunities


We welcome youth volunteers from 13 on up with roles at all of our sites. (Families with younger kids may volunteer together.) Guardians needed for youth <16. Click here for more information.


From drivers to loaders to personal shopping assistants and more, we’re looking for adults who want to help folks live their best lives. Attend a volunteer orientation session to get started!

Faith-based and Community Groups

If your group has a calling, we have a mission! We accept faith-based, alumni, university and many other types of community groups to volunteer at all of our sites.

Corporate Groups

Bring together your team by being part of something bigger than yourselves. Corporate volunteer opportunities exist for groups of all sizes! Email us to get your group scheduled today!

Community Service

Whether you have school or court-ordered service, you are welcome here. We’re happy to work with anyone who fits our requirements. Click here to learn more.

Becoming a Lakeview Pantry Volunteer

  • The first step is to complete our registration form by clicking here
  • After you register, we will send you our virtual orientation and COVID-19 screening questions within two business days. (Please note: If you registered on the weekend, we will follow up the next business day.)
  • Our virtual orientation covers volunteer responsibilities, our policies and how to get signed up for your first volunteer shift!
  • All volunteers 18 years and younger must have a parent or guardian contact volunteers@lakeviewpantry.org to register their youth.

Download our Volunteer Welcome Packet

Review Volunteer Policies

Lakeview Pantry Exists Because of the Support of Our Neighbors.

With multiple food distribution programs that deliver more than 2.8 million pounds of food to our neighbors each year and social services that help clients achieve independence, Lakeview Pantry aims to end hunger for good. Make your impact today!

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