Berkeley Food Pantry -            Serving the community since 1969



  

Together We Can End Hunger In Our Community!  
  
Information for Clients 
WHAT DO WE DO? The Berkeley Food Pantry provides emergency food aid to families in Berkeley & Albany, CA. 
 
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE GROCERIES?  Residents of Berkeley & 
Albany, CA.

WHERE ARE WE?  1600 Sacramento St., at the corner of Cedar St., in the
     basement of the Friends Church.

HOURS:  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Closed on all national holidays.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:  A photo ID and/or something that will verify
     your Berkeley or Albany address.

HOW OFTEN CAN YOU COME?  Once a month.

WHAT YOU'LL BE GIVEN:  Emergency food supplies that include fresh produce,canned goods and other supplies, depending on availability.We give one bag of USDA government food and one of Berkeley Food Pantry food.  A grocery cart or roller bag can be helpful, especially if you are walking or using public transportation.

DIRECTIONS:  From University Ave. in Berkeley turn north on Sacramento St.
to Cedar St.  The nearest BART station is North Berkeley, a 3-minute walk.
AC Transit buses (19 & 88) stop within a minute's walk.

HOW TO CONTACT US:  Call 510-525-2280 or email berkeleyfood@hotmail.com
 

Frequently Asked Questions
 
Q.  What if I don't live in Berkeley or Albany?
A.  There are food pantries in every community.  If you live in Alameda Co,
     call the Alameda Co. Community Food Bank (510-635-3663) to find where
     the closest pantry is to your home.
 
Q.  What if I need more than once-a-month groceries? 
A.  The Pantry supplies emergency food only.  For on-going help with getting
     food call any of these agencies:
          WIC - 510-981-5360.  WIC support and aid for pregnant and nursing
               women and young children.
         Food Stamps - 1-800-870-3663.
         General Assistance - Alameda Co. Social Services, 2000 San Pablo
               Ave., Berkeley - 1-888-999-4772.
 
 
Information for Donors
 
Donations are very welcome, either food or cash.  We always need money to buy perishable items such as fresh milk, meat and eggs.  We can make a dollar go a long way by buying from the Alameda County Community Food Bank and other discount sources.
 
WHAT'S NEEDED:
          Meat- Canned
          Tuna - Canned
          Peanut butter
          Jelly
          Soups- Canned
          Tomato Sauce- Canned
          Rice
          Pasta (Dry)
          Beans (Dry & Canned)
          Cereal 
          Oatmeal
          Fruit- Canned
          Vegetables- Canned
          Fruit juice- Plastic Container or Canned
          Snack Foods for Kids
          Macaroni & Cheese-Boxed
          Fresh Garden Produce
 
WHAT WE CAN'T ACCEPT:  
                      Outdated Food
                      Prepared Food (food must be factory sealed/packaged)
                      Boxes, jars or cans of food that have been opened.  
                      Please check the "sell-by" date.

HOW TO DONATE FOOD:  Drop it off at the Pantry, 1600 Sacramento St.,
during pantry hours (M,W,F - 1-4 pm.  Or call 510-525-2280 for other arrangements.  We will provide a receipt for tax purposes.

ORGANIZE A FOOD DRIVE:  This a wonderful way to supplement the
Pantry's supply and to spread the word about this important community resource.  Encourage your school, religious organization or other community organization to have food drives. Please contact us for info. 

DONATING MONEY:  Checks should be made out to the Berkeley Food
Pantry and mailed to 1600 Sacramento St., Berkeley, CA  94702.

DONATING ONLINE: You can now donate via PayPal. Please go to the
     Food Pantry page on the Friends Church's website.

 
Information for Volunteers
 
 
The Berkeley Food Pantry depends upon a group or dedicated volunteers, under the supervision of a part-time director.
 
WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO:   Volunteers are needed to assist with food drives, prepare food bags for distribution to our guests, fundraise, pick-up food donations from area businesses, database management and community outreach.  

 WHO CAN BE A VOLUNTEER?  We welcome volunteers of all ages, from teens to retired people.  A good sense of humor, an appreciation of all kinds of people and a dash of patience can make volunteering at the Pantry a lot of fun.   
 
WHO TO CONTACT:  Contact the director, Tami Groves, if you are interested in volunteering.  510-525-2280; berkeleyfood@hotmail.com.
 




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