Eat Well Berkeley: Healthy Meetings & Events


Healthy Meetings | Eat Well Berkeley Catering | Shopping Lists for Events | Table Centerpieces | Activity Breaks | Green Events | Event Planner Resources |Food Donations

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a healthful, safe and inspiring place to live, work and study. The UC Berkeley Guide for Healthy Meetings and Events represents a step toward that commitment by ensuring faculty, staff and students have access to healthy food and beverage choices at all campus-supported events serving refreshments.


Eat Well Berkeley Options for Meetings and Events

UC Berkeley Guide to Healthy Meetings and Events

Everyone can help ensure meetings, events, potlucks and celebrations with food include the minimum guidelines to include fresh fruit or vegetables and water. Use the Guide to learn lots more.

Eat Well Berkeley Catering Program

Find the list of participating caterers featuring healthy menu items and links to their menus.

Shopping Lists

Shopping Lists for Berkeley Bowl, Trader Joe's,
Safeway, Whole Foods

These shopping lists give options for healthier, more natural, prepared foods that can be purchased at popular stores when providing refreshments at meetings and events.



NEW! Table Centerpieces

These no-cost, health-promoting table centerpieces are lovely, colorful and easy to make. Print in color on a heavy 8 1/2 x 11 white paper, cut along the dotted line and glue two sides together to form a cube. You can use them alone or place a vase with herbs, wheat or flowers in the middle.

Vegetables (PDFs)

Grains (PDFs)


Physical Activity Breaks for Meetings & Events

Instant Recess is a low-impact activity for use as a physical activity break in your office or at meetings and events that supports group participation with simple callisthenic movements done to music. Developed by Antronette (Toni) Yancey of UCLA's School of Public Health, Instant Recess is specifically designed for the workplace, accommodates all shapes, sizes and abilities, and is appropriate for large or small groups (or solo). This video below is 5-minute clip of Instant Recess to use for a physical activity break at meetings (or to get active in the office):


Green Event and Conference Resources

Networking Resources for Campus Event Planners

  • Berkeley Events Network (BEN)
    BEN is a professional networking group that provides information on resources, tips, and policies of interest to UC Berkeley event planners. To subscribe to the listserv, send an email to:

  • UC Berkeley Event and Meeting Planning Certificate Program
    This comprehensive training program for campus event planners is offered by University Relations with seminar leaders from University Events and Ceremonies.

Food Banks or Shelters for Donations

If you anticipate having leftover food from a meeting or event, some food banks or shelters may be happy to accommodate you and pick up your leftovers or provide directions for droping-off leftovers. Advance planning is helpful, as you may need to leave a phone message so that someone from the organization can get back to you.

  • Alameda County Community Food Bank
    Phone: (510) 635-3663, ext. 358 or 341
    Fax: (510) 635-5773
    7900 Edgewater Drive
    Oakland, CA 94621
    Only accepts non-perishable items in unopened packages. Can provide information about other organizations that may accept your donation, depending on what type of food you have leftover.

  • Berkeley Food & Housing Project
    Phone: (510) 649-4965
    Fax: (510) 649-4982
    2362 Bancroft Way
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    Will accept all food donations. Please call to tell them you have a donation and they may be able to arrange to pick up food. Operates M-F, 9 am - 5 pm.
  • Harrison House
    Phone: (510) 525-0843
    711 Harrison Street
    Berkeley, CA 94710
    Harrison House is a shelter located in Berkeley providing services for homeless individuals and families. They will accept all food donations and you must be able to drop off food. Operate 7 days a week, 9am-7pm.

  • Square Meals Project
    Phone: (510) 649-8154
    2607 Ellsworth
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    Will accept non-perishable food, fresh fruits and vegetables. Call for hours and to arrange for them to pick up your donation.

    Find a list of organizations and programs that may accept your food donations. This page provides phone numbers and information about the types of food and leftovers accepted.



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