Calling all alumni, families, and kids ages 5 -15 years old – this is a chance to serve our Chicagoland community – TOGETHER!  This will be a fun and productive afternoon for all!  Spots are limited and have SOLD OUT quickly in the past.  PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP! Thank you!

Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago’s food bank —  providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

The Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors and acts as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it’s most needed. GCFD also addresses the root causes of hunger. Public benefits outreach and job training programs offer a hand up for our neighbors to overcome poverty.
As the face of hunger in our community has changed, the Food Depository has evolved. Programs address the specific needs of diverse groups, including children, older adults and veterans.  Every day an average of 200,000 pounds of food is distributed through a network of partner agencies and programs to people in need across Chicago and Cook County.   The Food Depository is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks.

Our Princeton Club volunteer day will involve helping repack bulk products to individual/family sizes, assemble boxes with assorted food, check expiration dates and label and glean products.  

Saturday, November 16, 2019
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632

** Click here to sign-up by Nov 2nd!!! **
We have a total of 15 spots (the max group size permitted by GCFD).  There is a limit of 10 kids and 5 adults.  To allow more families to participate - please register 1 adult and up to 2 kids per family. Ages 5 - 15 welcome, with focus on 5-10 year olds).
Each adult must be accompanied by a child. 


You will be contacted later to complete further registration details through the GCFD site.  

As spots are limited and GCFD Kids' Days are very few, if your plans change - please notify us as soon as possible.

As volunteers will be working in an active warehouse, EVERYONE must be registered in advance - NO "walk-ins" are permitted.

Important: Please note the instructions and dress code policy below.  
Please wear Princeton or orange/black gear!


 Join NOW to receive PCC Member priority reservation, member pricing, and to support Princeton events and service opportunities.  Membership starts at only $25/year.  Class of 2019 is FREE, but you must join!

Contact Kids and Families Chair, Lisa Mullaney '99 at mullaney_lisa@yahoo.com or Charlene Huang Olson '88 at cholson@alumni.princeton.edu

What to Expect: Although our Princeton group will be a total of 15, there will be a total of about 150 volunteers working together.  We will begin at 01:30 PM with a brief welcome and orientation in the Volunteer Room.  Afterwards, we will stop by lockers, where all bags, purses, umbrellas, jackets, etc. can be stored.  We have locks with the lockers. From there, we will continue into the warehouse for the repacking of food.  This entails a variety of projects from gleaning produce, repacking bulk quantities of food into distributable amounts, labeling and packaging canned goods, etc.   At the end of the session the project totals will be shared and a brief wrap-up will take place.  This will end by 03:30 PM.  After the session a 30 minute tour of the facility will be available to any interested volunteers.


Dress for the Warehouse: We try to be very safety conscious at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  With that in mind, please wear enclosed shoes (gym shoes are perfect), long pants and a shirt that has short or long sleeves (no tank tops, please).  You will be on your feet for about 1.5 hours, so please dress in comfortable shoes and clothes that match the description above.


Age Requirement: The minimum age for volunteers on Kids' Day is 5 years old. All kids must be accompanied by an adult 18 and older. 


Parking: The GCFD parking lot is open to volunteers during Wednesday evening and Saturday sessions.  Please enter through the gates located on the East side of the property. When you enter the building, you will want to enter through the main entrance with the large glass windows. The building is located at 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago, IL 60632.


Technology in the Warehouse: Please refrain from using your phone, IPOD, ear buds, camera, etc. in the warehouse.  There will be forklifts, palette jacks, palettes on the ground and others carrying heavy items.  This is for everyone's safety.