Food Pantry

Welcome to the Food Pantry!

The Food Pantry is an emergency food relief supply for all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate and graduate), staff, visiting scholars, student researchers, postdocs, and faculty. We are currently located on the 1st floor of the MLK Student Union, moving back to our previous location in  BNorth next year. We are currently open for walk ups only during open hours. If you currently have to quarantine due to COVID-19 and cannot come in person, please see our external delivery request form below open hours.

We offer items such as rice, pasta, milk, cereal, freezer items, and fresh produce!

Students and staff are welcome to come up to once per week, take as much as needed whenever needed while being mindful that it is a shared community resource for emergencies. 

The Pantry operates on a self-assessed need basis. There are no eligibility requirements and all you need is your Cal ID or Cal ID # (if you don't have your physical card yet).

The Food Pantry is now using QLess!

What is QLess? QLess is a web-based system where you can wait in a virtual line rather than an in-person line. We are only taking those that join the QLess line, but you can join with or without a phone!

How does QLess work? Once you join our virtual QLess line, you will recieve a text message once its time for you to come to the Food Pantry! Once you come, you scan your Cal ID card and continue through the Pantry.

How do I join the QLess line? You can join in 3 ways: singing up at the iPad at the Food Pantry, scanning the QR code near the Food Pantry, or by using the link on the page. 

You can only join the QLess Line once the Food Pantry opens!

The Food Pantry is currently hosting Pop-Up Pantries on the 1st floor of the MLK Student Union (by the student store). Our End of Fall Semester Hours are:

RRR Week

  • December 7 (Tuesday): 3-6 PM

  • December 8 (Wednesday): 10-1 PM

  • December 9 (Thursday): 12-3 PM

  • December 10 (Friday): 11 AM-1 PM

Finals Week

  • December 14 (Tuesday): 3-6 PM

  • December 15 (Wednesday): 8-11AM

  • December 16 (Thursday): 12-3 PM

Upcoming Pantry Closures - No Open Hours:

  • Friday, December 17th through Monday, January 17th

As we are transitioning back with students returning to campus, we will still be using a take what you need model, but can only accommodate up to one visit per week

Campus Community Under Quarantine

 The Food Pantry is doing deliveries for anyone with a Cal ID who is under quarantine due to a positive Covid-19 result and cannot afford groceries or delivery fees. Please reach out to foodpantry@berkeley.edu and fill out this form for assistance.

For emergency food needs, while we are closed, please refer to Berkeley Food Network at 9th & University in West Berkeley.

Arrow pointing to Basic Needs Center Location in Lower Level of MLK Student Union

We are located in the BNorth Space of the ASUC MLK Jr. Student Union at 2495 Bancroft Way.

food pantry shelves

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