Food/Food Insecurity

Alameda County Food Bank
Phone: (800) 870-FOOD(3663)

Alameda County Food Bank (ACFB) is a nonprofit organization focused on serving food insecure children, adults, and seniors in Alameda County through food pantries, soup kitchens, child-care centers, senior centers, after-school programs, and other community-based organizations, as well as a direct distribution program. ACFB operates one of California’s busiest and most efficient emergency food helplines (800-870-3663), helps connect food insecure individuals and families through the CalFresh nutrition program, conducts dynamic hunger and nutrition education programs, and runs an advocacy program that promotes policies to benefit low-income residents.

Berkeley Food and Housing Project
Homeless Services Phone: (866) 960-2132

The Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP) provides homeless services to community members. The Homeless Services office (1901 Fairview St) operates M-F 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. BFHP also runs a daily free community meal program (MTThF 3:30-4:45pm; W 4:00-6:00pm) at Lutheran Church of the Cross (1744 University Ave). BFHP can also help connect individuals with shelters and other community organizations.

Food Assistance Program (see also Financial Aid and Scholarships Office)

The Food Assistance Program provides eligible undergraduate students who have short-term needs, such as in-semester breaks, and who have exhausted all other funding options, including all student loan options, with meal points. Students may be required to provide additional information, attend a one-on-one financial counseling session to explore additional aid options, and/or develop a spending plan.

Food Pantry
Email: | MLK Student Union

The UC Berkeley Food Pantry is an emergency relief food supply for all UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. The Food Pantry serves students who need core food support. The Food Pantry provides emergency food, nutrition education, and CalFresh clinics to students.

The Bear Pantry
Phone: (510) 526-8505 | Email:

The Bear Pantry is a donor-driven program that provides emergency food assistance to low-income UC Berkeley student families with dependent children. A Bear Pantry food bin contains non-perishable food staples and a food gift card to a local supermarket for purchasing fresh produce, meat, or dairy.