Last year more than 1,200 volunteers participated in meal packaging with Illini Fighting Hunger for the Community & Campus Day of Service. This year, members of the local community and University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students will join forces once again to kick off National Volunteer Week 2015.

The Food Packaging Project will involve packaging 147,162 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, and several volunteer shifts will be available during the day. Be sure to help us celebrate 147 years of public engagement in the afternoon at an after-party! Register to volunteer today here.

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. Donate online here! Alternatively, you can send a check to the following address:

Illini Fighting Hunger
1203 W Green St
Urbana, IL 61801

Your donation is tax deductible.

147,162 meals packaged by UI Community & Campus

Over 900 volunteers joined together at Memorial Stadium on April 5, 2014 to package over 147,000 meals for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. That’s 1,000 meals for every year since the University was founded.

After this event – our largest event ever – Illini Fighting Hunger projects have packaged 141,598 pounds of food, including 676,694 meals with more than 5,000 volunteers since April, 2012.

Keep an eye out here for pictures and highlights from the 2014 Day of Service, coming soon.

Community-Campus Day of Service

cdos200x200Today the Chancellor announced that on Saturday, April 20th, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will kick off National Volunteer Week with our inaugural Community-Campus Day of Service.

The goal of that day of service? Package 146,000 meals – one thousand for every year since the University was chartered – that will be donated to local food banks and distributed to the many needy families right here in Urbana-Champaign.

UPDATE: 81,044 meals were packed on the Day of Service. We’ll continue to hold events to finish off the goal over the next few months.

Illini Fighting Hunger is one of the sponsors of the Day of Service and is facilitating the packaging event! We’ll keep you posted on the latest info and buzz up to the day of the event and beyond. In the meantime, get yourself signed up at

World Food Day

World Food Day is October 16, 2012!

Join us at 7:00 PM in Murphy Lounge at the University YMCA (1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign) to learn about world hunger. Our World Food day program will include:

  • Dinner – fortified rice-soy casserole from Illini Fighting Hunger
  • Guest lecturer – Dr. Julio Lopez, food security and diet in Guatemala
  • Why Care? – a social media campaign against hunger
  • World Hunger Trivia

Co-sponsored by Universities Fighting Against World Hunger, Illini Fighting Hunger and Interfaith in Action

UUC Urbana Sets IFH Rice Packing Record

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign packaged 1,850 lbs of rice today for the Wesley Evening Food Pantry, a new single-day Illini Fighting Hunger record! They surpassed the previous single-day record set by Service First at the University of Illinois on August 25 (1,289 lbs). The packaging was part of an event organized by the Hunger Initiative at UUC and included volunteers of all ages.