Thank you for your interest in volunteering! The UCB Basic Needs Center hybrid pantry model will be a combination of the pop-up pantry and our more recent grocery bag pick up. All shifts take place at the Martin Luther King Jr Student Union at 2495 Bancroft Way, next to Lower Sproul Plaza. We will be receiving donations and deliveries in the Lower Sproul parking garage and utilizing the existing pantry space in the BNorth basement for storage and packing. The pop-up pantry for visitors will be on the 1st floor. We need volunteers for restock, setting up the pop-up, staffing the pop-up, and continuing deliveries for immunocompromised members of our community.
We are open and accepting donations, both from partner organizations and the general public! We extra appreciate new health and wellness supplies since this is not something we have the budget for right now.
Please contact our team ahead of time if you are interested in donating either by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at (510) 463-4170 and leaving a message. Thank you!
Worried about donating food? In California, The Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects food donors against civil or criminal liability arising from “good faith” donations of “apparently wholesome” food. However, we request that you only donate food that is fresh, in good condition, and of a quality that you would personally eat.
Also, as a reminder, dollars stretch farther than cans! We buy our stock from wholesale distributors, so our funding goes farther than your dollars at a grocery store. Of course, we still always appreciate and are happy to receive your food donations when you have them.
Food donation guidelines:
*COVID-19 Protocol: Please DO NOT donate foods if you or someone in your household:
Has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks
Has unusual symptoms such as:
Fever greater than 100.0 F, Chest pains, Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
Headache (worse than usual if you have headaches)
Scratchy or painful sore throat
Dizziness and lightheadedness
Sneezing, runny nose, or congestion (worse than usual if this is common for you)
Fatigue that is unusual or more severe than normal
Eyes are unusually red or painful
Has been exposed to COVID-19 and is awaiting a test result
Shelf-stable goods (i.e. canned goods, rice, pasta, etc.): Must be unopened, unexpired, and in clean condition. Cans must be undented, unrusted, and have attached labels. No home-canned goods please.
Refrigerated and frozen goods (i.e. dairy, meats, frozen fruits and vegetables, etc): Must be unopened, unexpired, and in clean condition. Must not have been out of refrigeration/freezing for more than two hours. No unpasteurized milk please!
Produce (i.e. fruits, vegetables, herbs): Must be fresh (not wilting, moldy, etc) and stored in hygienic conditions prior to donation. No raw sprouts please. Home-grown or gleaned produce is accepted!
Bread and other baked goods: Must be fresh (baked within the past 72 hours) or packaged for freshness (i.e. sliced sandwich bread in a bag). Please label allergens/meat and dairy content. No home-baked bread or pastry please.
Prepared foods (hot): Must have been cooked in a food safety-certified kitchen and served within the last four hours; cannot have been served on a buffet; and must be labeled with source and ingredients/allergens. No home-cooked foods please.
Prepared foods (cold): If served hot, must have been cooled within four hours of being served; cannot have been out of refrigeration for more than two hours; cannot have been served on a buffet; and must be labeled with source and ingredients/allergens. No home-cooked foods please.
Pet food: Must be unopened, unexpired, and in clean condition. Cans must be undented, unrusted, and have attached labels.
No alcohol, medications, or supplements please! Thank you so much for your donations!