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Berkeley is a university town in the Bay Area, California, US.

The Hunger Zine (PDF), made by a Food Not Bombs volunteer and updated in 2015, covers a lot of free eats throughout Berkeley and Oakland. Here is the section on Berkeley: ­


Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center

2218 Acton (& Bancroft)


Mon-Fri 8am-4pm (closed 1st Friday of each month)

Daily 8am-10am breakfast

Daily 12 noon-12:30 meal

Youth Engagement, Advocacy and Housing (YEAH!)

Lutheran Church of the Cross

1744 University Ave. (& Grant)


Seasonal shelter for ages 18-25 open from:

  • Nov to May, 7 days a week 8pm-8am.
  • Line-up begins at 7:30pm;
  • pets allowed; showers; hot meals.
  • Year-round services available. Call for details.

Monday thru Friday

Food Not Bombs People's Park

Haste above Telegraph

Mon-Fri: 3pm vegan/vegetarian meal.

Plenty of opportunities to volunteer, too!

Trinity United Methodist Church

2362 Bancroft Way (& Dana)


Mon-Wed: 3:45pm-4:30pm sit-down meal

Thu-Fri: 3:30pm-4pm ‘take-out’ brown bag hot meal. Vegetarian option available.

Berkeley Food and Housing Project

2362 Bancroft Way

M-Thurs. Hot meal is served between 3:45-5 PM

Friday: Hot take-out stew or soup between 3:30-4 PM

Entry through stairs in the parking lot.

Entree, salad, vegetable, drink, and bread. Diverse menu with veggie main course always available. Hot and nutritious!


Suitcase Clinic (youth food + health clinic)

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

2300 Bancroft (& Ellsworth) 2nd Floor


Drop-in health clinic for ages 13-23; Monday 6pm-9pm. Dinner provided.


South Berkeley Community Church

1802 Fairview @ Ellis


12 noon on Thursdays


Night on the Streets Catholic Worker (People’s Park)

Haste above Telegraph


Sun: 7:30am breakfast. At 8:10, the meal moves to Center St. between Milvia and Martin Luther King.


Newman Hall – Loaves and Fishes

2700 Dwight Way (& College)


1st Sat of the month:

  • Lottery at 2pm for limited meal
  • 4pm meal. Meals “to go” at 4:45pm.

Night on the Streets Catholic Worker (People’s Park)

Haste above Telegraph


5th Sun of the month: 4pm meal.

University Lutheran Chapel

2425 College (& Haste)


4th Saturday of each month with 5 Saturday only: 4:30pm meal

St. Mary Magdalen Church

2005 Berryman (& Henry)


1st & 4th Sun of the month: 3pm meal.

Hare Krishna Temple

2334 Stuart St (between Telegraph Ave & Ellsworth St)

Hot meals served every first Saturday of the month from 12:00pm until 2:00pm.

Apparently they serve every day but Sundays is more so open to the public!

“They do a free dinner every Sunday starting at 7pm, and you don't have to sit through any chants or anything. They lay down rows of dot matrix paper along the floor as placemats, give you a paper plate and plastic silverware, and then bring out lots of tasty, veggie friendly food in these large twenty gallon buckets. It mostly consisted of a lot of lentil and rice dishes, as well as a yogurt dessert and horchata-like juice drink. It's an interesting scene. There are a lot of punk kids.”


Food Helpline: 1-800-870-FOOD, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.


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