Aging Services Division
Aging Services Division

Mercy Brown Bag Program

The Mercy Brown Bag Program, sponsored by the Mercy Retirement and Care Center, distributes a grocery bag of nutritional food to low-income seniors twice a month.  Normally bags consist of ten to fifteen items per bag including: bread, pasta, fresh produce, assorted canned foods, and other items depending on availability. 


Who is eligible?Image: Mercy Brown Bag Program (2) 

  • Seniors 60 years old or older  
  • Must have a monthly income of under $1354 for one person and under $2,192 for two people or more.   
  • Only one membership per household 
  • Volunteers are invited to help regardless of income and usually receive a bag 

How do I register? 

Contact the South Berkeley Senior Center or the North Berkeley Senior Center.  If there are openings, you will need to provide: 

  • A driver's license or state ID card with your birth date and current address 
  • All sources of income for all household members: SSI, Social Security, Pension, etc.  

Registration must be completed before brown bags are issued. 

Is there a cost? 

A voluntary contribution of $10 per year is requested.  Anyone unable to contribute will not be turned away. 

When and Where 

First & Third Fridays (of each month)
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

All bags must be picked up by 2:00 PM  

South Berkeley Senior Center 
2939 Ellis Street (at Ashby Ave.)
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 981-5170

North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Ave. (at MLK Jr Way)
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 981-5190


 If you're interested in volunteering or are in need of program information, please call (510) 981-5170.



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