Food Packaging Project

About the Project

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, we plan to package 151,000 meals — one thousand for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered — for local foodbanks and food pantries to be distributed to families in need throughout eastern Illinois.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the food packaging project, which will take place on the U of I campus. Several volunteer shifts will be available during the day. If you would like to help out, please register for a timeslot in advance. Space is limited and this project is very popular!

If you have questions about the Food Packaging Project, you can contact us at


Register now!

Food packaging shifts:

  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

Non-packaging shifts:

  • Bag labeling: 9:00 am - 10:00 am (a seated activity)
  • Memorial Stadium cleanup: 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Wesley Food Pantry cleanup: 3 pm - 5 pm (at Wesley Food Pantry)
  • Full day volunteering - check out table captains and all-day volunteers below!

Leadership Roles and All-Day Volunteering

Table Captains

Are you interested in filling a critical need the day of the event by serving as a Day of Service Table Captain? These volunteer leaders oversee 1-2 packaging lines throughout the duration of the Day of Service to help answer questions, guide volunteers in packaging, and generally support efforts in reaching our goal of 151,000 meals! Visit the Table Captain page for more information and to apply!

All-Day Volunteers

All-Day volunteers are a critical part of the Day of Service. All-Day volunteers DO NOT package meals during the event. Instead, they help Day of Service staff in organizing volunteers, restocking packaging lines, moving boxes, and other tasks. All-Day volunteers work from 8am to 5pm on Saturday. To show our appreciation, we provide breakfast and lunch the day of the event. Sign up to be an all day volunteer!


On-site check-in for the Food Packaging project will take place in the West Gate at Memorial Stadium, at the corner of First & Kirby.

Check out this video about the food packaging process!

Supporting the Community & Campus Day of Service

If you'd like to support the Community & Campus Day of Service, but you can't be there on the day of the event (or even if you can!), we need financial support to cover the cost of the ingredients in the meal. You can make a tax deductible donation in the following ways:

You can send a check to:
Illini Fighting Hunger
1203 W Green St
Urbana, IL 61801

Or you can donate via PayPal: