My friend recently told me about a program to replenish the food bank by picking up grocery donations from nearby homes on a regular basis, and I signed up to do it. The Berkeley Food Project is not a food drive, it's a donor drive. By collecting food from willing neighbors every two months, instead of just around the holidays, the food Berkeley Food Pantry stays replenished.
I'm supposed to pick up an extra item or two on each shopping trip and then donate my green bag's worth to my neighborhood volunteer. This month is my first in the circuit, but last time, my neighborhood generated 80 pounds of food.
This video shows how it works:
WHAT'S NEEDED MOST:
Tuna – Canned
Tomato Sauce- Canned
Beans (Dry & Canned)
Fruit juice- Plastic Container or Canned
Snack Foods for Kids
Macaroni & Cheese-Boxed
Fresh Garden Produce
To donate money online:
You can donate to the Berkeley Food Pantry via PayPal. Please go the Food Pantry page on the Friends Church's website for details.
To receive food:
Berkeley Food Pantry supports residents of Berkeley and Albany, CA with once-a-month groceries and emergency food supplies during distribution hours (M,W,F – 2-4 pm.). Bring your ID and a bag to receive food. Call 510-525-2280 or email email@example.com with questions.
If you live elsewhere in Alameda County, call the Alameda Co. Community Food Bank (510-635-3663) to find out how you can give or receive assistance.
The Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) supports 1 in 3 residents of our county. If you can donate money or time, please do. I don't know how they do it, but every $1 donation can provide up to $4 in nutritious meals. Donate to ACCFB now>
[Photo from Berkeley Food Pantry, all rights reserved]