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COVID-19: Food resources

If the COVID-19 outbreak has left you struggling to afford food for yourself or your family, know that there are ways to get bagged groceries, buy food on your own and benefit from specialized programs for seniors, school-aged kids and mothers of young children. Food banks, community organizations and others are looking for ways to help you.

For those who have enough food, consider volunteering or donating. Your financial and physical aid can stretch dollars and expand the reach to more people in need.

Food banks

  • Alameda County Community Food Bank

    Provides food and CalFresh application assistance to anyone in need, and will connect you with a source for groceries or a hot meal the day you call. Assistance is available in multiple languages. Call (510) 635-3663 Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

  • Berkeley Food Pantry

    Distributes pre-packed bags of fresh groceries to Berkeley and Albany residents in need on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Pickups are by appointment between 2 and 4pm. Come to the Pantry between 11am and 3pm to get an appointment slip, then return at your designated time for food distribution. 1600 Sacramento Street.

  • Berkeley Food Network

    Distributes pre-packed bags of fresh groceries to Berkeley and Albany residents. Open Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm, Mondays & Wednesdays 5-7pm, and 1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am-12pm. 1925 Ninth Street.

Food benefit and voucher programs

CalFresh

CalFresh provides grocery funds every month to qualifying individuals. Maximum monthly income to receive benefits depends on household size, ranging from $2,082 for someone who lives alone to $5,030 for a household of five, with the limits increasing for each additional family member. Funds are loaded onto an EBT card that can be used to purchase food at most grocery stores and farmers markets, or online at Amazon and Walmart.

People who have had a temporary change in income because of COVID-19 are eligible to apply, and can complete an application in as little as 10 minutes at getcalfresh.org.

WIC

The Woman, Infant and Children program (WIC) is available to qualifying low-income woman who are pregnant, recently gave birth and/or are currently breast feeding, and low-income children up to age 5. WIC provides food vouchers, nutritional information, breast feeding information and additional resources. Berkeley's WIC program is continuing to enroll new families by phone, email, and video during the pandemic. To apply, call (510) 981-5360 or email wicprogram@cityofberkeley.info.

Food resources for children

Grab and go lunches and snacks

Free lunch and snack pickup at Berkeley parks is open to all youth 18 and under. All meals are "grab and go." Everyone over 2 years old must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while picking up meals. Pickups are available Monday-Friday: lunch from 11:30am- 12:30pm, snacks from 2-3pm.

Pickup locations: June 15 to August 7
  • Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street (meals served on Rose Street)
  • Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park Street (in front of the building)
  • Harrison Street Skate Park, 777 Harrison Street (in front of the Blue Barn building)
  • James Kenney Community Center, 1720 8th Street (at the basketball courts)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Services Center, 1730 Oregon Street (in front of the main gate to baseball field on Oregon Street)
  • Ohlone Park, Milvia Street (in front of baseball field)
  • Strawberry Creek Park, 1260 Allston Way (in the courtyard at the dead end of Allston Way)
  • West Campus Pool, 2100 Browning Street (in front of the gate entrance to the pool)

BUSD breakfast and lunch pickup

Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) is serving free take-away breakfasts and lunches at 6 locations in Berkeley. For more information and distribution sites, visit BUSD Breakfast and Lunch Distribution Page.

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11am - 1pm (two breakfasts/lunches given on Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Every other Friday, Berkeley Food Network will also supply 1 bag of groceries per family

Pandemic EBT (or P-EBT)

Extra food benefits are available during school closures to families of children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The Pandemic EBT program provides up to $365 per child to use on food and groceries.

Families who are already receiving CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply and should have received their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. Eligible families who have not received a card yet must apply online by July 15 to receive the benefit.

Food for seniors and increased risk individuals

  • Grab & go meals for seniors

    Delicious and nutritious meals are available to Berkeley seniors who are 60 years of age or above. Meals are available for curbside pickup on Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:00pm, at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street. A donation of $15 is suggested to cover the cost of weekly meals. You must register in advance and provide proof of age and residency.Call our Aging Services Division at (510) 981-5170 or email seniors@cityofberkeley.info for more information or to register for the program.

  • Meals on Wheels

    Provides home-delivered, well balanced meals to homebound older adults. If you are 60 years of age or older, unable to prepare a meal and have no one available to prepare a meal for you, you may be eligible. Call (510) 981-5250 to learn more.

  • Berkeley Mutual Aid Network

    Assists high risk individuals through a variety services including emergency stop-gap funding for groceries, navigating resources such as CalFresh benefits, assistance running essential errands and more. To request assistance, fill out their application form or leave a voicemail at (510) 519-6770.

  • Great Plates Delivered

    Provides free meals to at-risk older adults living alone or with another senior and who are unable to prepare or obtain meals while sheltering in place. The program, which is available through July 10, 2020, is designed to serve those that cannot access other nutrition programs such as Meals on Wheels or CalFresh. You can apply online for the Alameda County Great Plates Delivered Program.

Last updated June 25, 2020


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