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Giving Tuesday with SugarRoti

This Giving Tuesday, we are excited to be partnering with SugarRoti – a women-owned, Oakland-based Indian spice company. Sugar Roti is committed to simplifying cooking with timeless Indian spices; inspiring healthier living and celebrating the joy that food brings. Like Berkeley Food Network, SugarRoti is dedicated to sustainable practices and healthy outcomes: “We wanted to […]

In Gratitude

In Gratitude As I gaze down at our warehouse floor from the windows in my office, I am in awe of the incredible work I see happening below me: our capable warehouse staff keeping everything in order and running smoothly; our volunteers cheerfully doing whatever is asked of them; our shelves, refrigerators, and freezers full […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Hub Kitchen Launching Soon!

The Berkeley Food Network is piloting our Hub Kitchen Project this fall. The goal of this project is to increase the supply of nutritious complete meals, such as bulk ready-made meals and individually packaged ready-to-eat/heat meals, available to food-insecure residents of Berkeley by taking advantage of surplus food from local commercial food businesses and farms. […]