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COVID-19: Food resources

If the pandemic 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. 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

    Provides grocery funds every month to qualifying individuals. 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. 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.

    Apply online at getcalfresh.org.

  • Women, Infant, and Children program (WIC)

    Provides food vouchers, support, and resources to low-income women who are pregnant, recently gave birth, or are currently breast feeding, and low-income children up to age 5. To apply, call (510) 981-5360 or email wicprogram@cityofberkeley.info.

Food resources for children

BUSD breakfast and lunch pickup

Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) is providing free take-away meals for all children 18 and younger at five schools in Berkeley. For more information and distribution sites, visit BUSD "grab and go" meal program webpage.

  • 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

Food for seniors and increased risk individuals

  • Grab & go meals for seniors

    Berkeley Aging Services offers grab and go meals for Berkeley seniors 60 years and older. 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 October 9, 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 September 10, 2020


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