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Volunteerism at a Glance: Hunger action month and beyond

September was Hunger Action Month. Hunger Action Month is designed to invite folks to engage in the difficult work of preventing and ending hunger in our country. At Berkeley Food Network, we are acutely aware of hunger in our community. With the need for our services tripling during the pandemic and continuing to grow throughout […]

August’s Advocacy Landscape

The largest increase in SNAP’s history comes just before temporary boosts expire Last month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an updated version of the Thrifty Food Plan. This rubric combines food prices, nutritional guidance, and common dietary preferences to calculate SNAP benefits. The latest revision to the Thrifty Food Plan will lead […]

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: How sourcing high-quality food improves the health of not just our community but also our environment, our economy, and the Berkeley Food Network.

As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, thankfully, more and more people are getting vaccinated and returning to work. We are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, a time when we can leave the coronavirus pandemic behind and return to our “Before Times” pre-COVID lives: socializing, traveling, […]

Meet Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura, Our New Research and Advocacy Manager

My name is Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura, and I am the new Research & Advocacy Manager at BFN. It is a privilege to join this organization at a momentous time.  You may be asking: “what role does research and advocacy play at a locally focused food nonprofit?” BFN proved in the past year that its model is […]

Volunteer Appreciation Month

April is National Volunteer Month! None of the programs at Berkeley Food Network, would be possible without the dedication and selflessness of our phenomenal community of volunteers. Our volunteers ensure that fresh and healthy food is available to all members of the Berkeley and Albany communities— but more than that, volunteers empower BFN to expand […]

Major Hunger-Relief Investment Will Help Alleviate Growing Food Insecurity in Berkeley

Berkeley Food Network has tripled its efforts during the COVID-19 emergency response. $600,000 Bayer Fund grant will grow innovative partnership between Alameda County Community Food Bank and Berkeley Food Network. Berkeley, Calif. – May 19, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic has driven unprecedented surges in demand for food assistance, Berkeley Food Network (BFN) and […]

COVID-19 has perpetuated pre-existing injustices in the food system

By Evan Hazelett, BFN Research and Advocacy Manager December 8, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp relief the realities of poverty, food insecurity, housing instability, and racial injustice in the United States. Since May, an astounding 8 million Americans have slipped into poverty.  Black, Latinx, indigenous, and immigrant households have been hit particularly […]

New home for the Berkeley Food Network

We are very pleased to announce that we have been selected to lease the City of Berkeley-owned warehouse property at 1001 University Avenue to serve as our food sourcing and distribution hub. We are currently in lease negotiations with the City. Our food sourcing and distribution hub will have four functions: A distribution point for […]

Roles and next steps determined

After a successful convening of local agencies, the Berkeley Food Network team has determined the next steps and roles. Next steps include creating a formal membership structure, the initiation of training sessions for members, and establishing network-level services. The primary roles for the Berkeley Food Network will be To be a leader for collaboration among […]