News

January 30, 2024

Welcoming Our New Executive Director, Andrew Crispin

With great excitement and optimism, we announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Andrew Crispin, who began in this role at the beginning of...

January 30, 2024

Meeting Basic Needs Post-COVID: Looking Forward to Collective Action

Last month, Berkeley Food Network hosted a private partner conversation in our Community Room to discuss the complexities of food insecurity, the role of food...

January 2, 2024

Support Local: Donate Your Berkeley Bucks to BFN!

We are pleased to announce that we now accept donations of Berkeley Bucks! Berkeley Bucks is the city’s first e-gift card, valid at more than...

November 2, 2023

Double Your Impact this November: Donate to Matching Campaign

All November long, Daffy member Josh Hannah has pledged to match up to $10,000 in donations made to the Berkeley Food Network. This generous initiative...

October 3, 2023

Announcing Interim Leadership at BFN

Senior Managers Andrew Crispin and Jonathan Kitchens step into the role of Interim Co-Directors. Seven years ago, our founding BFN Executive Director Sara Webber brought...

January 30, 2024

Empowering Volunteers with Trauma-Informed Training

Will they run out of food? Will there be enough eggs for my family? What about produce? These are common questions those receiving assistance ask...

July 13, 2023

Executive Director and Co-Founder Retires from BFN

Sara Webber founded Berkeley Food Network seven years ago to reimagine food assistance in Northern Alameda County. Dear Community, We would like to announce that...

May 18, 2023

BFN Volunteers Create A Culture of Dignity

Food is a universal need, and everyone has a right to it. Not only is food necessary for optimal health, but it is also how...

April 27, 2023

Shifting Language and Power Dynamics

We’re adopting a new term to describe people using our pantry services. Read on to learn more. BFN is always designing ways to innovate and...

April 27, 2023

Caring for Food is Caring for Community

BFN refines food sourcing and food safety standards to uphold the dignity of our members and partners. Keep reading to learn more. The mainstream food...

April 20, 2023

2023 Open Houses at BFN

You’re invited to experience BFN behind the scenes at our monthly Warehouse Open Houses. Every fourth Friday April-October, from 5 PM-7 PM, we will open...

February 10, 2023

2023 Outlook: Programs & Partnerships

Andrew Crispin joined BFN in the spring of 2022 as Distributions Program Manager and was promoted late last year to Senior Manager of Programs and...

February 10, 2023

2023 Outlook: Sourcing & Warehouse Operations

Jonathan Kitchens joined us last fall as Senior Manager of Supply Chain. Shortly after, Ben Lindheim was onboarded as BFN’s new Inventory & Procurement Manager,...

February 1, 2023

Meet Veronica Volny

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Veronica Volny, BFN’s Hub Meal Program Coordinator! Although Californian by birth, Veronica has spent time living in Europe...

January 6, 2023

Bayer Fund grant helped Berkeley Food Network get 5 times more food donated last year

The food network funnels supplies from Alameda County Community Food Bank to 70 food pantries in the Berkeley area, reaching more people in need. Read...

January 5, 2023

Upcoming Volunteer Trainings

Volunteer Orientation and Lead Pantry Volunteer Training. We are currently recruiting Warehouse Volunteers and Pantry Client Intake Leads and Pantry Leads at both our Onsite...

November 1, 2022

Meet Andrew Crispin

Meet Andrew Crispin, Berkeley Food Network’s Distribution Programs Manager! Originally from New Hampshire, Andrew is still getting used to the Bay Area’s distinct lack of Autumn-centric...

November 1, 2022

Fall Newsletter

Letter from the Executive Director: In Gratitude On the morning of January 3, 2022, I looked out my window, and for the first time since the early...

September 28, 2022

A Groundbreaking Conference on Food Insecurity Returns After 50 Years

In 1969, the first ever White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health laid bare the difficult truth that, despite unprecedented post-war wealth, America still...

September 1, 2022

It’s Hunger Action Month!

September is Hunger Action Month. This year, the Berkeley Food Network is asking you to double down on your commitment to ending hunger in Berkeley...