News

May 18, 2023

BFN Volunteers Create A Culture of Dignity

Food is a universal need, and everyone has a right to it. Not only is food necessary for optimal health, but it is also how...

April 27, 2023

Shifting Language and Power Dynamics

We’re adopting a new term to describe people using our pantry services. Read on to learn more. BFN is always designing ways to innovate and...

April 27, 2023

Caring for Food is Caring for Community

BFN refines food sourcing and food safety standards to uphold the dignity of our members and partners. Keep reading to learn more. The mainstream food...

March 28, 2023

Open Houses at Berkeley Food Network

You’re invited to experience BFN behind the scenes at our monthly Warehouse Open Houses. Every fourth Friday April-October, from 5 PM-7 PM, we will open...

February 10, 2023

2023 Outlook: Programs & Partnerships

Andrew Crispin joined BFN in the spring of 2022 as Distributions Program Manager and was promoted late last year to Senior Manager of Programs and...

February 10, 2023

2023 Outlook: Sourcing & Warehouse Operations

Jonathan Kitchens joined us last fall as Senior Manager of Supply Chain. Shortly after, Ben Lindheim was onboarded as BFN’s new Inventory & Procurement Manager,...

February 1, 2023

Meet Veronica Volny

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Veronica Volny, BFN’s Hub Meal Program Coordinator! Although Californian by birth, Veronica has spent time living in Europe...

January 6, 2023

Bayer Fund grant helped Berkeley Food Network get 5 times more food donated last year

The food network funnels supplies from Alameda County Community Food Bank to 70 food pantries in the Berkeley area, reaching more people in need. Read...

January 5, 2023

Upcoming Volunteer Trainings

Volunteer Orientation and Lead Pantry Volunteer Training. We are currently recruiting Warehouse Volunteers and Pantry Client Intake Leads and Pantry Leads at both our Onsite...

November 1, 2022

Meet Andrew Crispin

Meet Andrew Crispin, Berkeley Food Network’s Distribution Programs Manager! Originally from New Hampshire, Andrew is still getting used to the Bay Area’s distinct lack of Autumn-centric...

November 1, 2022

Fall Newsletter

Letter from the Executive Director: In Gratitude On the morning of January 3, 2022, I looked out my window, and for the first time since the early...

September 28, 2022

A Groundbreaking Conference on Food Insecurity Returns After 50 Years

In 1969, the first ever White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health laid bare the difficult truth that, despite unprecedented post-war wealth, America still...

September 1, 2022

It’s Hunger Action Month!

September is Hunger Action Month. This year, the Berkeley Food Network is asking you to double down on your commitment to ending hunger in Berkeley...

July 27, 2022

July 2022 Advocacy Landscape

Welcome to the July Advocacy Landscape blog post. For this month, I will highlight two pieces of legislation and research that caught my attention. These...

June 24, 2022

June Advocacy Landscape

Welcome to the June Advocacy Landscape blog post. This month, BFN participated in a listening session for the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Health,...

May 20, 2022

Hot Off the Press: Our 2021 Impact Report

We are proud to share our 2021 Impact Report with you!  2020 was a year defined by extraordinary growth – saying yes to new partnerships, yes to...

May 20, 2022

May Advocacy Landscape: Hunger Action Week

Berkeley Food Network participated in a week of state-level advocacy for Hunger Action Week, an initiative of the California Hunger Action Coalition (CHAC). Through CHAC’s...

April 13, 2022

2022 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference

In March, several staff at BFN joined the virtual 2022 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. The conference was co-sponsored by the Food Research and Action Center...

February 2, 2022

February 2022 Advocacy Landscape: Black History Month

Systemic racism underpins nutrition insecurity for communities across the United States. As part of Black History Month, BFN will engage in conversation on food access...

November 30, 2021

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...