Food Packaging Project

About the Project

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, we plan to package 150,000 meals — one thousand for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered — for local foodbanks to be distributed to needy families in Champaign-Urbana.

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 dayofservice@cuvolunteer.org.

Directions

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.

Parking

Limited parking is available at Memorial Stadium, and metered parking is available on many surrounding streets. Check back for more parking information closer to April 8!

Bus Routes

The 100 Yellow bus route will drop you off at First and Stadium, which is just a block away from Memorial Stadium. You can view its Saturday schedule here.

Register

Register to help out on April 8! The following timeslots are available, but we especially need volunteers at the 11:30 am - 1:00 pm shift!

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am (no food packaging; bag labeling only – a seated activity)
  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am This shift is full!
  • 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
  • Memorial Stadium cleanup: 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Wesley Food Pantry cleanup: 3 pm - 5 pm (at Wesley Food Pantry)

Register now!

Your prompt arrival is greatly appreciated!

Leadership Roles

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 150,000 meals! Visit the Table Captain page for more information and to apply!

Publicity

Interested in helping publicize the Community & Campus Day of Service on your website or Facebook page? Check out our Banners page!

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: