Who Gets the Food?


                                   The Berkeley Food Pantry                                                                                       1600 Sacramento Street      

The Berkeley Food Pantry serves more than 16,000 Berkeley and Albany residents annually. It has been providing emergency food aid since 1969, when several members of the Berkeley Friends Church began buying canned food and distributing it to those in need. The Pantry is open three afternoons a week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00. Clients are referred to the Pantry by over 25 community and city agencies as well as the Food Hotline of the Alameda County Community Food Bank (1-800-870-3663). The Pantry depends on a dedicated corps of volunteers, who put in over 3,500  hours of volunteer service every year.



Thank you videoNext Pickup Day:  Saturday, Feb. 9

Most Needed Items:

   Non-Perishable Food

  • Cereal
  • Hearty Soups
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Beans
  • Dried Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Masa
  • Brown Rice
  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Plain Stewed Tomatoes
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Side Dishes
  • Soy Milk
  • Canned Milk
  • Texturized Vegetable Protein
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
  • Side Dishes (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, etc.)

     Especially for              Seniors

  • Dried Fruits
  • Ready made jell-o & pudding
  • Ensure protein drinks
  • Low-sodium Pull-tab Soups
  • Low-sodium Single-
    Serving Meals
  • Low-sodium Crackers
  • Green Tea (regular and decaf)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Hard Candies

   Non-Food Items

  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap