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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response:

The Berkeley Food Network provides an essential service and will continue to operate during this time of growing need.

Last updated: May 15, 2020 @ 10:15 am
Please check this page regularly for updates.

We are working hard to ensure that everyone in our community who needs it has consistent and safe access to food. During the month of April we served heavy bags of healthy groceries nearly 20,000 individuals and we expect that number to increase over the coming weeks.

Please consider donating at this time to help support this important work. You can go to our donation page to make a secure tax-deductible donation.

You can also volunteer time at our warehouse, helping to unload food, pack bags, and assist at our on-site pantry. Be assured that we are following the strictest recommended safety protocols to protect the health of our volunteers, clients, and staff. Please go to our volunteer sign-up site to find volunteer time slots that work for you and to sign up.

Safety Protocols

We are practicing WHO-advised measures to ensure the health and safety of all our program participants, volunteers, and staff by:

  • Screening staff and volunteers for COVID-19 symptoms and asking them to stay home if they are ill.
  • Asking pantry visitors to avoid entering our premises if they have symptoms.
  • Maintaining six foot distancing between all people at our warehouse, pantry sites, and in our hub kitchen.
  • Mandating regular hand washing.
  • Disinfecting all surfaces on a regular schedule.
  • Keeping all touching to a minimum.

On-Site Pantry Hours and Updates:

Our on-site pantry is open to all Albany and Berkeley residents in need of food.
We are located at 1925 Ninth St., Berkeley.
Please enter from the parking lot side of the building.
Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 2pm
Monday & Wednesday: 5 – 7pm
1st & 3rd Saturdays: 10am – 12pm
*Please note: We will be closed on Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day.

BTA Pantry

The mobile pantry at the Berkeley Technical Academy remains open to serve the South Berkeley area.
Location:
2701 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Hours:
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 2 – 4pm

Hub Kitchen Updates:

We are producing more meals than ever through our Hub Kitchen program, using excess food that has come to us from such generous donors as:

  • Chefs to End Hunger
  • World Central Kitchen
  • Sweetgreens Berkeley
  • Berkeley Unified School District
  • Bette’s Oceanview Diner
  • Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Cheeseboard Collective
  • Three Stone Hearth

During the week of April 20 we turned that excess food into 1,200 delicious and nutritious individually packaged and frozen meals for distribution at our on-site and senior pantries.

Mobile Pantry Program

Our Mobile Pantry Program was serving nearly 6,000 individuals a month before the COVID-19 shelter-in-place directive. Things have changed!

Rightfully, a number of our mobile pantry partners have chosen to close for now. Even so, we are still serving more people than ever by finding creative ways to continue to get food to people at times and locations that work for them. Many of our mobile pantry locations are receiving regular deliveries of pre-packed bags of healthy groceries. We are providing University Village with enough food to distribute to 400 of their resident families weekly. We continue to provide 600 BUSD families and staff with twice-monthly bags of groceries, now available at the BUSD’s free and reduced breakfast and lunch pickup sites. We served nearly 20,000 individuals during the month of April.