Grocery bags
Berkeley firefighters filled over 800 bags with holiday groceries for seniors on Saturday. Photo: Kaia Diringer

Berkeley Fire Station #2 on Berkeley Way was filled with an unusual sight on Saturday morning: a sea of grocery bags. Firefighters and dozens of volunteers filled the bags with chickens, fresh fruit and vegetables, and canned food, for delivery to Berkeley seniors.

The annual event is organized by Berkeley Firefighters Random Acts (BRFA), Berkeley Firefighters Association, the Berkeley Fire Department, San Francisco Fire Credit Union, Berkeley and West Berkeley Lions Clubs, and the City of Berkeley. Donations came from Grocery Outlet, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Monterey Market, Berkeley Bowl, Ashby Plumbing & Heating Supply and private citizens.

“So many seniors in our Berkeley community are in need this holiday season,” said Dori Tieu, interim president of BFRA. “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.”

Berkeleyside photography intern Kaia Diringer was on hand to record the event.

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Both adult and children volunteers joined the firefighters to fill the bags and organize delivery. Photo: Kaia Diringer
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Almost done: Over 800 bags were filled and delivered directly to seniors on Saturday. Photo: Kaia Diringer

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...