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Aging Services Division
Aging Services Division

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.  Normally bags consist of ten to fifteen items per bag including: bread, pasta, fresh produce, assorted canned foods, and other items depending on availability. 


Annual registration is usually held in January or February of each year, and is required for both new and existing 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.

2017 Registration Dates

Friday, February 3, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley

Friday, March 3, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
South Berkeley Senior Center @ St. Paul AME Church
2024 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley

Who is eligible?Image: Mercy Brown Bag Program (2) 

  • Seniors 60 years old or older 
  • Must be a resident of Alameda County
  • Must have a monthly income of:
    Under $1471 for one (1) person
    Under $1991 for two (2) people
    Under $3211 for three (3) or more. 
  • Only one membership per household 
  • Volunteers are invited to help regardless of income and usually receive a bag 


How do I register? 

Contact the 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. 


Is there a 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)
12:00 to 2:00 PM

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

South Berkeley Senior Center 
2939 Ellis Street (at Ashby Ave.)
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 981-5170

North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue (at MLK Jr Way)
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 981-5190


 If you're interested in volunteering or are in need of program information, please call (510) 981-5200.



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