Berkeley Firefighters and dozens of volunteers will be preparing over 800 Holiday grocery bags this Saturday (Dec. 22). The bags will be filled with chickens, fresh fruits and vegetables, and canned food for Berkeley’s elderly, then delivered directly to their homes.
Organizer Dori Tieu, Interim President of Berkeley Firefighters Random Acts, said this annual event would not be possible without the help of the many individuals from the sponsoring agencies: Berkeley Firefighters Random Acts, Berkeley Firefighters Association, City of Berkeley Fire Department, San Francisco Fire Credit Union, Berkeley and West Berkeley Lions Clubs, and the City of Berkeley.
This day is also made possible by the efforts of all the volunteers as well as Ashby Plumbing & Heating Supply, Grocery Outlet, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Monterey Market, Berkeley Bowl, and private citizens for their donations and for supplying food at cost.
“So many seniors in our Berkeley community are in need this Holiday Season,” Tieu said. “There are a record number of people who have signed up to have holiday food baskets delivered. We are very happy and excited to be able to deliver food and provide some cheer in over 800 homes this year.”
Volunteers will gather at Berkeley Fire Station #2, located at 2029 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, beginning at 8:30 a.m., filling grocery bags with food in the apparatus bay. Once the bags are filled, volunteers will begin hand delivering the bags throughout the community all day long.