Summary

Meet Berkeley Food Pantry, one of Thistle’s longterm donation partners. For the past several years, we’ve donated about 300 meals per week to this awesome organization dedicated to helping Berkeley area residents who face food insecurity.

Each day begins with disinfection and now includes touchless deliveries to clients, but the mission at Berkeley Food Pantry remains the same: to feed the hungry. In the spring of 1969, Dorothy Noble began feeding area residents not from a formal building, but from her home. As demand grew, Noble asked her church, Berkeley Friends, to help. The Berkeley Food Pantry was born.

Offering healthy and sustainable food to as many people as possible is what we’re passionate about here at Thistle. That’s why we’re proud of our longterm partnership with the Berkeley Food Pantry. Each week we donate hundreds of fresh, plant-forward, and super nutritious meals to the pantry, which distributes them to individuals and families facing food insecurity.

Food Insecurity

About 12.2% of Alameda county residents experience food insecurity, which the USDA defines as limited or uncertain access to enough nutrition, usually for financial reasons. These residents might be seniors on fixed incomes, people with disabilities, college students, or a family who can pay an unexpected medical bill or buy groceries, but not both.

The Berkeley Food Pantry currently feeds 2,000 people a month, thanks to donations from the Alameda County Food Bank, the USDA, local businesses, and residents. This means that 200,000 pounds of food that would otherwise go to waste is given to hungry people.

Speaking of food waste, it’s a big problem in America. The more food we rescue from the waste stream, the more we do to eliminate hunger and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Pantry director, Dharma Galang points, to these stats: 

  • Humans waste one in every three food calories produced
  • The number of calories we lose to waste is enough to feed three billion people (that is 10 times the population of the United States!) 
  • The World Wildlife Fund estimates that food waste accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions
  • 21% of freshwater is used to produce food that ends up in the waste stream 
  • 21% of landfills are made up of food waste

A Day in the Life of the Pantry

Berkeley Food Pantry manager Aram Antaramian, who’s passionate about addressing inadequate access to food in his community, describes it this way: “We are almost entirely volunteer-run with over 75 volunteers. We start with disinfecting the pantry building and driving to local donors to pick-up food donations. Then we sort the food and prepare bags for individual clients.” Next up: delivering food to clients and serving walk-in guests. Pre-COVID, the pantry was set up like a store, which meant guests could select their own items. Now, like most everything else, the system is different but still dedicated to helping guests go home with food they want.

The Pandemic’s Impact on the Pantry

Right away and from top-to-bottom, volunteers mobilized to dramatically re-design Berkeley Food Pantry’s operations, including the introduction of new distribution models, new working conditions, new volunteers, and new procedures.

When asked if anything uplifting or positive has come out of the current situation, pantry manager Aram responded, “We have continued to provide food to our community members throughout a massive redesign of our system while simultaneously improving wait-times, safety, and service. The overwhelming majority of our clients are very thankful for our efforts, relieved at our resilience, and reassured by our uninterrupted presence.”

We’re thankful, too! At a time when both unemployment and uncertainty are high, and staying as healthy as possible is paramount, it’s wonderful to have organizations like the Berkeley Food Pantry dedicated to nourishing the most vulnerable members of our community.

Thistle’s Partnership with Berkeley Food Pantry

Here in the Bay Area, food pantries thankfully enjoy greater access to donations that are highly valued and very healthy compared to what you typically find in other areas of the country. The Berkeley Food Pantry is almost completely dependent on donors such as Thistle for the unique opportunity to provide quality, super healthy fresh food to guests.

The hundreds of meals we donate each week to the pantry are the same as those we deliver to your door: ready-to-eat, full of fresh produce, nutritionally dense, healthy, and delicious. We look forward to many more years of partnership, and the feeling is mutual. Pantry manager Aram reports, “We are overjoyed by our partnership with Thistle. Many of our clients come to the pantry with a specific desire to receive Thistle meals, and those meals allow those who do not have access to kitchens or who are limited in their abilities to eat healthily.” 

Want to Donate or Volunteer?

Thistle is committed to putting healthy and sustainable food into the hands of people who need it, and we invite you to join in the cause. There are lots of ways to donate to The Berkeley Food Pantry. For volunteer opportunities, check out the Get Involved page on the pantry’s website. For more information on donating or volunteering, contact manager Aram at manager@berkeleyfoodpantry.org.

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Summary

Meet Berkeley Food Pantry, one of Thistle’s longterm donation partners. For the past several years, we’ve donated about 300 meals per week to this awesome organization dedicated to helping Berkeley area residents who face food insecurity.

Each day begins with disinfection and now includes touchless deliveries to clients, but the mission at Berkeley Food Pantry remains the same: to feed the hungry. In the spring of 1969, Dorothy Noble began feeding area residents not from a formal building, but from her home. As demand grew, Noble asked her church, Berkeley Friends, to help. The Berkeley Food Pantry was born.

Offering healthy and sustainable food to as many people as possible is what we’re passionate about here at Thistle. That’s why we’re proud of our longterm partnership with the Berkeley Food Pantry. Each week we donate hundreds of fresh, plant-forward, and super nutritious meals to the pantry, which distributes them to individuals and families facing food insecurity.

Food Insecurity

About 12.2% of Alameda county residents experience food insecurity, which the USDA defines as limited or uncertain access to enough nutrition, usually for financial reasons. These residents might be seniors on fixed incomes, people with disabilities, college students, or a family who can pay an unexpected medical bill or buy groceries, but not both.

The Berkeley Food Pantry currently feeds 2,000 people a month, thanks to donations from the Alameda County Food Bank, the USDA, local businesses, and residents. This means that 200,000 pounds of food that would otherwise go to waste is given to hungry people.

Speaking of food waste, it’s a big problem in America. The more food we rescue from the waste stream, the more we do to eliminate hunger and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Pantry director, Dharma Galang points, to these stats: 

  • Humans waste one in every three food calories produced
  • The number of calories we lose to waste is enough to feed three billion people (that is 10 times the population of the United States!) 
  • The World Wildlife Fund estimates that food waste accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions
  • 21% of freshwater is used to produce food that ends up in the waste stream 
  • 21% of landfills are made up of food waste

A Day in the Life of the Pantry

Berkeley Food Pantry manager Aram Antaramian, who’s passionate about addressing inadequate access to food in his community, describes it this way: “We are almost entirely volunteer-run with over 75 volunteers. We start with disinfecting the pantry building and driving to local donors to pick-up food donations. Then we sort the food and prepare bags for individual clients.” Next up: delivering food to clients and serving walk-in guests. Pre-COVID, the pantry was set up like a store, which meant guests could select their own items. Now, like most everything else, the system is different but still dedicated to helping guests go home with food they want.

The Pandemic’s Impact on the Pantry

Right away and from top-to-bottom, volunteers mobilized to dramatically re-design Berkeley Food Pantry’s operations, including the introduction of new distribution models, new working conditions, new volunteers, and new procedures.

When asked if anything uplifting or positive has come out of the current situation, pantry manager Aram responded, “We have continued to provide food to our community members throughout a massive redesign of our system while simultaneously improving wait-times, safety, and service. The overwhelming majority of our clients are very thankful for our efforts, relieved at our resilience, and reassured by our uninterrupted presence.”

We’re thankful, too! At a time when both unemployment and uncertainty are high, and staying as healthy as possible is paramount, it’s wonderful to have organizations like the Berkeley Food Pantry dedicated to nourishing the most vulnerable members of our community.

Thistle’s Partnership with Berkeley Food Pantry

Here in the Bay Area, food pantries thankfully enjoy greater access to donations that are highly valued and very healthy compared to what you typically find in other areas of the country. The Berkeley Food Pantry is almost completely dependent on donors such as Thistle for the unique opportunity to provide quality, super healthy fresh food to guests.

The hundreds of meals we donate each week to the pantry are the same as those we deliver to your door: ready-to-eat, full of fresh produce, nutritionally dense, healthy, and delicious. We look forward to many more years of partnership, and the feeling is mutual. Pantry manager Aram reports, “We are overjoyed by our partnership with Thistle. Many of our clients come to the pantry with a specific desire to receive Thistle meals, and those meals allow those who do not have access to kitchens or who are limited in their abilities to eat healthily.” 

Want to Donate or Volunteer?

Thistle is committed to putting healthy and sustainable food into the hands of people who need it, and we invite you to join in the cause. There are lots of ways to donate to The Berkeley Food Pantry. For volunteer opportunities, check out the Get Involved page on the pantry’s website. For more information on donating or volunteering, contact manager Aram at manager@berkeleyfoodpantry.org.

Get meals delivered to your door
We believe eating delicious is crucial to a healthy diet. Each week, our team of chefs design a new menu for what's in season, fresh and flavorful.
TRY THISTLE
Posted 
Jul 8, 2020
 in 
Community
 category.