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BFN Facilitates Produce Distribution for Berkeley Seniors and Families

On February 9th, the work of 6 organizations came to fruition with an inaugural produce distribution at the South Berkeley Senior Center. The Berkeley Food Network facilitated the formation of the Seed to Flower Collaborative whose members included the North and South Berkeley Senior Centers, the John Muir and Malcom X PTAs, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and the Berkeley Food Network. Open to seniors, the families of BUSD students, and South Berkeley Senior Center neighbors, the twice-monthly distribution offered apples, pears, potatoes, onions, and cabbages. Participants expressed deep gratitude for the plentiful fresh produce. At our March 9th distribution, we served 184 households and 432 individuals. We expect to eventually serve 250 households.

Once the Berkeley Food Network has secured space for its hub operations, this distribution will become a regular pantry distribution of fresh produce, meat, dairy, bread, and shelf-stable foods. We look forward to expanding this service to Berkeley seniors and families struggling to buy enough food to last through the month.

The Seed to Flower Collaborative is an example of the Berkeley Food Network’s efforts to bring food to people who need it at locations most convenient to them.


Team from Haas Business Schools’ Social Sector Solutions Creates Operating Plan for BFN Food Sourcing and Distribution Hub

The Berkeley Food Network was selected as one of 8 non-profits to work with a team of Haas MBA and undergraduate business students, graduate students from other UC Berkeley professional schools, a McKinsey & Company consultant, and Haas faculty. Over the course of the Spring 2018 semester, the Haas S3 team will be developing an operating plan for the BFN hub and materials to help BFN make its case for funding.

Meet the Team
The team is led by 2nd year MBA student Elaine Hsu, who has many years of real-world consulting experience under her belt. Team members include MBA student Victoria Williams-Ononye, Masters in Public Policy (Goldman School) student Santiago Mendez, Masters in Public Health student Katherine Chen,  and Haas undergraduates Jeffery Chiu and Shorya Ghai. Their McKinsey & Company Coach is Chriag Pandya. Haas faculty coaches are Nora Silver and Paul Jansen.  It has been an amazing learning experience to work with this team of exceptionally thoughtful and knowledgeable people!

This opportunity was made possible by generous grants from the Alameda County Community Food Bank and BFN supporter Michael Choy.

Learn more about Haas S3.