ReThink Disposable, a program of Clean Water Fund, prevents waste before it starts by working with local governments, businesses, institutions, and consumers to switch from single-use disposable packaging to reusable foodware. Funds will allow ReThink to partner with Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), to replace harmful single-use foodware with non-toxic reusables to be used during daily food service, focusing initial efforts at BUSD elementary schools.
Daily Bowl's mission is to recover surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and rapidly redistribute to local food pantries and agencies catering to our less fortunate and hungry community members. Funds will be used to glean produce and prepared food from commercial establishments, grocery stores, and eating establishments and distribute to local non-profit food pantries and places of worship.
The Berkeley Food Pantry provides families with adequate sustenance and nutrition at times when bills for food, rent, health care, and other items overwhelm them. Funds will support the Pantry at Your Door project, which provides bimonthly food deliveries directly to the homes of at-risk populations, such as elderly, disabled, and low-income families with young children.
Inspired by the current trend of popular pop-up museums, Museum of Tomorrow portrays climate change via an innovative approach. Funds to support pop-up museum at the David Brower Center, which includes an interactive display to educate and inspire people to change their daily behaviors to a more sustainable approach.
Metro Lighting is a retail lighting store located in Berkeley. Funds will be used to procure and install a press-molding glass production table and equipment to expand Metro lighting’s capability to create and sell lamp shades produced from recycled glass cullet.
Riverdog Farm is a 450 acre certified organic farm located in Capay Valley. Funds will be used to replace waxed cardboard boxes with 1,060 reusable plastic totes to transport produce to Alameda County farm box customers. The reusable totes will prevent the purchase, use, and disposal of approximately 8,750 lbs of waxed cardboard boxes and 52 rolls of butcher paper annually.
Engaged 20 members of the church and community to do their own Fridge Reality Check and share 6 educational tips throughout the year. Funds to support the church's ongoing meal program - serving 300 people weekly and expanding their edible garden.
Student run collective works to provide groceries and prepared meals for the UC Berkeley community. Project to engage student volunteers in a one-week Stop Food Waste Challenge and ongoing promotion of educational tips. Funds will support prepared meal pop-ups at various campus locations.
18 Reasons empowers community with the confidence and creativity to buy, cook, and eat good food every day. Their Cooking Matters program, which provides training to neighborhood leaders to teach cooking/nutrition to East Bay families, will engage their board, staff, and peer educators (Health Promoters) in a one-week Stop Food Waste Challenge and share those educational tips at their cooking workshops.
The Berkeley Food Network aims to provide an innovative, community-centered network of food sourcing and distribution to alleviate the problems of hunger and poor nutrition in Berkeley. Funds will be used to further develop the Food Recovery Program, which recovers food that would otherwise have gone into the waste stream from food retailers, distributers, and producers in Berkeley and nearby municipalities. Increased food recovered will be used in the pantry program as well as grow the Hub Kitchen Program to provide at least 1,500 meals a week.