St. James Food Pantry recruits volunteers throughout the year. Over 500 volunteers help with various social care programs at St. James.
In addition to volunteers that help with the day to day activities of the pantry, there is need for one time volunteers for several holiday events that serve the less fortunate in our neighborhood. On Thanksgiving Day a luncheon is held for seniors and others who have no other place to go. During the Christmas season St. James collects gifts for families that visit our pantry to give to their children and help is needed to distribute these gifts. On Christmas Day, St. James hosts a luncheon for homeless people.
To volunteer contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 312-842-1919 ext. 214.
Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunities
Distribute food (Lifting involved)
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9 am - 12:30 pm
Receive Food Delivery From Sharing Parishes
Carry food from street into pantry
Heavy lifting involved
Time: Third Sunday of the month
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Food delivery to seniors and disabled
Load food for seniors into van
Deliver food to homebound seniors
Time: Wednesdays & Thursdays
10 am - 12 pm
Food Distribution on Second Saturday of Month
Pack bags for distribution
Break down cardboard boxes
Clean up at the end of distribution
Time: Every Second Saturday of month
8:00 am - 12 pm
Each spring, St. James Food pantry hosts a fundraiser called Jazzin' to Feed to raise badly needed funds for the food Pantry. Many volunteers are needed for this event.
In addition, St. James Food Pantry applies for grants to help fund its Programs. If you have professional grant writing or fundraising and development experience, St. James Food Pantry needs your expertise!