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Did you know that 1 in 5 Berkeley residents are not able to put enough food on their tables to live healthy, hunger-free lives?

The Berkeley Food Network was founded in December 2016 with the straightforward goal of ending hunger in Berkeley. And while our goal may be straightforward, the path to reaching it is not. We have created an innovative mix of community-centered and collaborative programs to get food to the people in Berkeley who need it.

Network Leadership
Network Leadership

BFN leads a network of local organizations that serve vulnerable residents of Berkeley with food and other services. BFN hosts periodic network meetings to raise concerns and share information, delivers training, and coordinates donated food deliveries among members.

Food Sourcing and Distribution Hub
Food Sourcing and Distribution Hub

BFN’s food sourcing and distribution hub warehouse allows us to provide greater quantities and more variety of healthy foods for our programs and those of our network members. Our food is sourced from the Alameda County Community Food Bank and local food producers.

Mobile Pantry Program
Mobile Pantry Program

BFN operates mobile pantries in partnership with Berkeley organizations that serve residents experiencing food insecurity. These pop-up pantries are open at times and locations that are convenient to our clients, making them more accessible and less stigmatizing.

Public Schools Grocery Bag Program
Public Schools Grocery Bag Program

BFN provides pre-packed bags of produce and shelf-stable groceries twice a month to food-insecure Berkeley public schools families and staff. Bags are packed at our warehouse and delivered directly to 17 Berkeley Unified School District sites for pickup after school.

Recovered Food Program
Recovered Food Program

BFN facilitates donations of excess healthy food from local food businesses and farms for use in our programs and those of our network members. This program helps reduce the amount of edible food from Berkeley sent to landfill, thus reducing greenhouse gases.

Hub Kitchen
Hub Kitchen

BFN creates nutritious individually packaged meals using excess healthy food donated by local food businesses and farms. These popular meals are provided to partner organizations for distribution to their clients and are available at our mobile and on-site pantries.

Meet the team

Sara Webber

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Matt Harray

Director of Programs

Holden Bussey

Director of Operations

Jackson Hardamon

Pantry Program Co-ordinator and Warehouse Associate

Our Board

Deb Lewis

Board Officer, Chair

Dona Boatright

Co-Founder and Board Officer, Vice-Chair

Susan Choy

Board Officer, Treasurer

Susan Miller Davis

Board Officer, Secretary

Chuck Fanning

Co-Founder and Board Member

Kate Campbell King

Co-Founder and Board Member

Allen Carr

Board Member

Patrice Ignelzi

Board Member

Bob Whalen

Board Member

Members