Food Pantry

Where is the food pantry?

The Food Pantry is in the MLK Student Union. Our newly renovated space is in BNorth. This is on the bottom floor of the MLK Student Union, on the north end of the building, but you will have to check in on the 1st floor before heading down.

How does the food pantry work?

Please visit our pantry page for more details about how to access, but here is an outline below:

We have a virtual line which opens during open hours. This is to avoid long physical lines and can be joined from anywhere on campus or in person at our check in on the first floor of the MLK Student Union.

The pantry operates on a self-assessed, need-based basis. You are welcome to come up to once per week, take as much as you need while being mindful that the food pantry is a shared community resource for emergency food needs...

How often can I access the pantry?

Visitors are welcome to come up to once per week.

You do not have to come to the pantry on the same day every week, you can come to the pantry whenever it works best for your schedule.

If you consistently need to visit the pantry more than once in a given week, we would highly recommend that you find out if you qualify for additional food resources. Since we serve such a large community we cannot accommodate multiple visits in a week, unless you have a specific need, such as you can only take a couple of items on...

Where can I go when the pantry is closed?

We partner with several community pantries and encourage you to access their resources if and when you need them!

Berkeley Food Networkweekly at 9th & University Ave.

Public Mobile Pantriesmonthly in Albany, South, and Central Berkeley


Do I need to bring my own bag?

YES! We ask that you bring your own bag if you have one. We usually have a few limited boxes and donated bags available if you forget.

Janise Liang (she/her)

Food Pantry Tech Lead

"Janise is a 21 year old CS and Math double major. She loves long walks on the beach, baking cupcakes, and winning soccer games."

-Bio by Jake Son 2022

Jake Son (he/him)

Food Pantry Tech Team

Hi everyone! I'm a fourth-year EECS major and I help out with the food pantry's app and BNC website. If you see me, ask me about my band :)))))))))

Food Pantry End of Semester Hours (Fall 2021)

November 23, 2021
Food Pantry Hours for the End of Fall 2021 Semester

Tuesday 12/7: 3 to 6 PM

Wednesday 12/8: 10 to 1 PM

Thursday 12/9: 12 to 3 PM

Friday 12/10: 11 to 1 PM

Tuesday 12/14: 3 to 6 PM

Wednesday 12/15: 8 to 11 AM

Thursday 12/16: 12 to 3 PM

Sarah Dibas (she/they)

Food Pantry Lead

I’m a 4th year transfer student studying Psychology. I joined the pantry my first semester at Cal, Fall 2020, and I have loved every moment of it! This pandemic has only further illuminated how hardworking, special, and resilient this team is and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.