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Healthy Meetings and Events

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a healthful, safe and inspiring place to live, work and study. The UC Berkeley Healthy Meeting & Event Guide 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.

UC Berkeley Healthy Meeting Guide

UC Berkeley is committed to ensuring healthier food and beverage options are available at campus meetings and events. The UC Berkeley Healthy Meeting & Event Guide provides you with guidance on including healthier food choices (whether you are using catering services, shopping at local stores, or hosting a potluck), tips to include activity breaks to help make meetings more productive, and additional resources for event planners.

Eat Well Berkeley Catering Program

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

Shopping Lists

For Berkeley Bowl, Trader Joe's, Safeway, Whole Foods

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

Cook Well Berkeley

Cook Well Berkeley provides healthy recipes, including potluck recipes such as the watermelon cake, and a handout for healthy celebrations or potlucks.

Activity Breaks for Meetings & Events

The Activity Breaks page provides numerous resources for event planners, as well as anyone fitting activity and relaxation breaks into their day. Get specific tips, exercises, and videos for:

  • Standing breaks for all types of meetings

  • Stretch breaks

  • Breathing/relaxation breaks

  • Movement breaks, including Instant Recess

  • Walking breaks, including walk 'n talk meetings

Signage to Promote Healthy Meetings

Eat Well Berkeley signage templates you can customize, print, and display promoting your efforts at organizing a healthy meeting.

Sign (8.5x11"): Display in a plastic holder

Foldable Table Tent: Print on cardstock for best results. Fold into thirds and secure with tape

About the Healthy Meeting
About the Healthy Food
The Menu

Table Centerpieces

These no-cost, health-promoting table centerpieces are 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.

Lactation Room for Participants or Speakers

Meeting organizers can refer requests for use of a lactation room to Be Well at Work Wellness' Breastfeeding Support Program webpage to register for access.

Green Events and Conference Resources

Zero Waste Events

Campus Recycling and Refuse Services: Find approved zero-waste caterers and facilities and request zero-waste bins for large-scale meetings.

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: berkeleyeventsnetwork-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

For Team Retreats

Be Well at Work Wellness Program can help you plan a healthy retreat by providing planning consultation or an instructor-led activity break.

We also offer a hands-on cooking workshop for small groups of 10-12.

Contact us at (510) 643-4646 or Wellnessfacstaff@berkeley.edu. 

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 dropping 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. Details below are subject to change.

  • Alameda County Community Food Bank
    Phone: (510) 635-3663, ext. 358 or 341
    Fax: (510) 635-5773
    Email: info@accfb.org
    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
    Email: info@bfhp.org
    2362 Bancroft Way, room 210
    Berkeley, CA 94704

    Only accepts non-perishable items in unopened packages and you must be able to drop off food. Operates Monday-Friday, 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. Operates 7 days a week, 9am-7pm.

  • Square Meals Project
    Phone: (510) 649-8154
    2607 Ellsworth Street #201
    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.


  • Stopwaste.org
    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.