100 Cleveland Ave
Carpentersville IL

Outreach Center

21 Washington St,
Carpentersville IL

Contact Us

(847) 783-7030

Pantry Hours

Wednesdays 5 -7pm
Thursdays 6 - 8pm

We🍎Our Volunteers

The D300 Food Pantry is 100% volunteer led and 100% volunteer run. From our Executive Director to our Pantry Manager and Team Leaders all the way to our pantry helpers, donation sorters, and food rescue drivers – we are all volunteers. We estimate it takes 300 volunteers and 4,000 hours to operate the pantry every year. That means we need you – whether it’s once a week, once a month, or just once – come join us! 

Individuals or groups, are all welcome.

Ways to Volunteer

Volunteers come in all sizes, ages (13 and up) and fitness levels. We need help with sorting and checking expiration dates on donations, picking up donations from donors or area businesses, working open pantry shopping nights, packing food boxes, stamping envelopes, manning booths at area events, stocking shelves and so much more! We can accommodate anyone’s physical fitness level – just ask!

Just a few ways to help

We use the volunteer program InItLive. You will be asked to answer a few general questions and sign our liability waiver before you can sign up. Once you’re in, you will see a list of opportunities that you might like to participate in. Join each opportunity you’d like and then choose your shifts from there! And if you don’t find something that works for you or if you have a group that you’d like to sign up for a shift, email our volunteer coordinator Anna Jones.


All volunteers much be 13 years old or older. Please do not signup if you are under 13 or signup anyone else who is under 13. We’re sorry, but no exceptions can be made.

Appropriate clothing should be worn for your volunteer shift. Closed-toed shoes (sneakers preferred), limited jewelry, NO perfume/cologne and applicable outerwear for the weather as you might be working outside.

Social distancing will be adhered to as much as possible, but please know that the pantry is small and often this will be difficult. Feel free to wear a mask if you would like!

Please don’t come if you or anyone in your home is sick. 

Please only bring your keys and your phone into the pantry. Keep them on your person and put away during your shift. There are lockers with locks on them, but they are limited in number. We will supply water, so need to bring a water bottle.

You bet you can! Just let us know when you get there, and we will find a job that works for you! 

No.  We would love to have you join us anytime you want and are available.

Upon arrival for your shift, please head into the Volunteer Area to sign-in. Then, wash your hands. Next, you will locate a Team Leader who will assign you a job. Finally, have fun!

We, as an organization, have the utmost respect for our client’s privacy. It may be an embarrassing and uncomfortable situation for them. This is why it is very important that you remember who you see visiting the food pantry during your shift is CONFIDENTIAL and should not be shared with anyone. 

If you plan to volunteer regularly, speak with a Team Leader and let them know. After you have come several times, we are more than happy to supply you with a D300 Food Pantry t-shirt! 

We depend heavily on each and every volunteer for each shift. Please be on time!  IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE SHIFT YOU SIGNED UP FOR, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR NAME FROM THE SIGN-UP. If you are canceling less than 72 hours before your shift, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Anna Jones at .

Yes! Our new Volunteer Management System allows us to have a waitlist of people interested in a shift. If you have signed up for the waitlist, we will reach out to you if anyone cancels.

That’s fantastic!  We are always open to hearing your ideas.  Please contact our Pantry Manager to share those ideas:

We Need Food Rescue Drivers

We are in need of multiple drivers to support our routes to various retail locations.  Drivers will utilize our vehicle to pick-up food donations and deliver them back to the pantry.  Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and possess a valid IL Driver’s License.  This role can be quite physical, so requires the ability to lift 50 pounds.  Our community partners have a set schedule, so our drivers can too! Learn more about our Driver volunteers.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Community Outreach

  • Fundraising

  • Help with special projects