Food Pantry

The Food Pantry has some updates and is now implementing separate, distinct hours for students and staff. Please read more below!

Welcome to the Basic Needs Food Pantry!

The Food Pantry is an emergency relief program that is designed to meet the short-term food security needs of the UC Berkeley community, which includes all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate and graduate), staff, visiting scholars, student researchers, postdocs, and faculty who need food.

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

We are 90% volunteer-run, almost entirely by students and serve thousands of visitors every month! Visitors are welcome to visit up to once per week, by joining the virtual line. You can take as much as needed while being mindful that this is a shared community resource for emergencies. 

Food Pantry Visitor Instructions

Starting Spring 2023, we will have separate, designated hours for students and staff. This means that staff may only come during designated "Staff Pantry Hours" and students (undergraduate and graduate) may only come during "Student Pantry Hours"Postdocs, visiting scholars and researchers may choose the hours that work best for them. Please note: No one is allowed to visit more than once per week. Visitors who try to check in and have already visited that week will not be allowed to visit the pantry that day, but we will share additional community pantry information that you can access in the meantime.

Step 1:

  • Make sure you have a bag with you for your food! Then during designated open hours, our virtual line will open (see pink button on this page). To add yourself to the virtual line, use your phone, computer, or our ipad kiosk.  

  • Choose your preferred language from several options: English, Spanish, and Mandarin. 

  • Input your information: phone number, then name.

  • Join the line by clicking the Pantry Hours button on the next page.

  • You will receive a text message confirming you are in line, with an estimated wait time or you can check the monitor at our check-in desk.

Step 2:

  • Once you have received the text that “You have reached the front of the line!”, please head to the 1st floor of MLK Student Union by the Bnorth entrance Food Pantry check-in desk to let us know you have arrived.

  • Every visitor must check in at our desk on the 1st floor at the BNorth entrance before they can visit the Pantry downstairs.

Step 3:

  • Visitors will now scan their ID at the 1st floor check-in desk instead of downstairs. Then you can head down the elevator or stairs to visit the Pantry!

Photo of BNC Food Pantry Check In Desk on the 1st floor of the MLK Student Union

Food Pantry Check In Desk, on the 1st Floor of the MLK Student Union.
Photo credit: Flora G. Huynh @flor_aah/@florasnoms

Photo of grocery basket filled with pantry items like juice, milk, frozen fish, canned goods, fruit

Example of a grocery basket of pantry goods!

Photo credit: Flora G. Huynh @flor_aah/@florasnoms

Spring Pantry Hours

January 23rd through May 6th

Staff Pantry Hours

Student Pantry Hours

Wednesday: 2PM-3PM

Thursday: 10AM-11AM

Monday: 3-5PM

Tuesday: 1-3PM

Wednesday: 11AM-1PM

Thursday: 1-3PM and 4-6PM

Friday: 12-2PM

Saturday: 11AM-12PM

If these hours do not work for you, please visit Community Food Pantries in Berkeley (see button below) since they may have days and times more accessible to you.