The food pantry is a place where I find my sense of purpose, gratitude, and belonging. It’s so incredibly grounding to interact with staff, volunteers, and the UC Berkeley community we serve through a mutual appreciation for food! I have been obsessed with food all my life. Whether it be my grandma’s homemade dumplings or the new takeout spot downtown, I am always in such awe over the connection that food can bring to people and their communities. As pantry staff, I hope to promote that connection through advocating for basic needs and food justice for all.