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Delivery of Mercy Brown Bag groceries is now available the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, excluding City holidays. Current Berkeley participants can email seniors@cityofberkeley.info or call (510) 981-5170 or (510) 981-5190 by 12:00 pm the Monday prior to delivery day. Provide your Mercy Brown Bag card number, name, address, and phone number. Recipients must be present to receive the delivery. Pickups at Senior Centers have been suspended during COVID-19. 

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Mercy Brown Bag Program
 

The Mercy Brown Bag Program, sponsored by the Mercy Retirement and Care Center, distributes a grocery bag of nutritional food to low-income seniors twice a month.  Bags consist of ten to fifteen items like: bread, pasta, fresh produce, assorted canned foods, and other items depending on availability. 


ANNUAL BROWN BAG PROGRAM REGISTRATION  Image: Mercy Brown Bag Program (2)

Annual registration is required for both NEW and EXISITING program participants. Both the South and North Berkeley Senior Centers will accept and process program applications. Participants must apply in person and meet the eligibility requirements described below.


Eligibility Requirements 

  • Seniors 60 years old or older 
  • Must be a resident of Alameda County
  • Must have a monthly income of:
    Under $1507 for one (1) person
    Under $2030 for two (2) people
    Under $2552 for three (3) or more. 
     
  • Only one membership per household 
  • Volunteers are invited to help regardless of income and usually receive a bag 

How to Register

Contact the Henry Ramsey Jr. South Berkeley Senior Center or the North Berkeley Senior Center. If there are openings, you will need to provide: 

  • A driver's license or state ID card with your birth date and current address 
  • All sources of income for all household members: SSI, Social Security, Pension, etc.  

Registration must be completed before brown bags are issued. 


Cost

A voluntary contribution of $10 per year is requested.  Anyone unable to contribute will not be turned away. 

When & Where are the bags distributed? 

First & Third Fridays (of each month)

All bags must be picked up by 2:00 PM at your senior center:

Henry Ramsey Jr. South Berkeley Senior Center 
2939 Ellis Street (at Ashby Ave.)
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 981-5170
  
PICK UP TIME: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

North Berkeley Senior Center
1900 Sixth Street (at Hearst Avenue)
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 981-5190

PICK UP TIME: 12:00 - 2:00 pm

 

 If you're interested in volunteering or are in need of program information, please call your senior center.

 

 

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