Dharma has been director of the Berkeley Food Pantry since September of 2017. Dharma is a member of Berkeley Friends Church (Quaker) and she is a volunteer for the Golden Dragon Project at Lincoln Elementary School in Oakland, California. Dharma lives with her husband and daughter in Oakland, California. Dharma brings a strong commitment to building food safety for individuals and families as well as experience organizing volunteers, fundraising events and grant-writing efforts.
Aram works with the director, Dharma, and operates the pantry on a day by day basis. You can often see him serving the pantry's visitors as warmly and efficiently as possible.
Our Wonderful Volunteers!!
The Berkeley Food Pantry began when Dorothy Noble, a member of Berkeley Friends Church, felt called to help food insecure Berkeley families and built a network of volunteers to help her run a food pantry from her home.
On October 6, 1969, the Berkeley Food Pantry began operating in the ground floor of the Friends Church with 13 regular volunteers managing the entire operation. Today, the Berkeley Food Pantry is run by over 50 regular volunteers and two staff members. The pantry is heavily dependent on volunteers and we are always in need of volunteers.
Go to our Get Involved page to learn how you can become a part of our team.
Come and Join Us!
Berkeley Food Pantry Oversight Committee (FPOC)
The FPOC is focused solely on overseeing the Food Pantry. The FPOC is made up of members of Berkeley Friends Church and Berkeley Friends Meeting:
Robbie Williams, clerk (i.e.chair)
Louise Neal, treasurer for the Berkeley Food Pantry
The Berkeley Food Pantry is a ministry of Berkeley Friends Church and Berkeley Friends Church is the fiscal sponsor of the Berkeley Food Pantry.
You can contact us through this website--we would very much like to hear your thoughts about how the Pantry is doing!