All Albany and Berkeley residents in need of emergency groceries are welcome to visit the pantry.
We are open 2 - 4pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
We are located at 1600 Sacramento Street in Berkeley, at the corner of Sacramento and Cedar Streets.
You can reach us on public transportation via AC Transit line 52, which stops right outside our building on Sacramento Street.
The North Berkeley BART station is just three blocks south of Cedar on Sacramento.
We have a small parking lot and there is nearby street parking.
The Berkeley Food Pantry is wheelchair accessible.
What you will receive from the pantry depends on the size of your family. Everyone receives a selection of USDA food as long as it is available. Households of adults only will also receive a selection of items purchased by or donated to the pantry. This includes shelf stable staples, frozen meat, and a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, and bread. If you have children in your household, you will receive a supplemental bag of food that helps to support the needs of your growing children. Visitors to the pantry are now able to select nearly all their own food from among the food we are offering on that pantry day.
To receive food you need to bring a photo ID each time you come to the pantry.
Proof of Residence:
On your first visit you will also need to bring something to confirm your Berkeley or Albany address. Acceptable documentation could be:
Piece of mail with your current address
Rental or lease agreement
Another recent document with your current address
We confirm our regular clients' addresses once a year.
Please note that for your protection, we do not keep copies of these documents on file at the pantry.
We also ask that you bring your own bags. You will need two to four bags depending on the size of your family. The Berkeley Food Pantry works hard to keep non-food expenses as low as possible in order to provide as much high quality food to our guests as we can. In addition, the pantry works hard to keep waste to a minimum. We are committed to running as environmentally friendly a pantry as possible.