Students in a lesson in the Student Organic Garden

Student Groups

There are many student-led groups on campus working on food issues—from food security to food innovation, growing your own food to reducing waste of food. Scroll down for a list of student groups across campus, and find the one that’s right for you!

Funding for Student-run Events:

BFI has a small annual budget for supporting the activities of UC Berkeley food and agriculture-related student groups. If you are interested in obtaining financial support from BFI, please fill out the simple application form here.

BFI Student Advisory Councils

An Undergraduate Council and Graduate Council help inform the Berkeley Food Institute’s work by giving vital guidance on our student-related programs and support. The chair of each advisory council serves on the BFI Executive Committee. As a Berkeley student, we invite you to join a council! Please contact the current chairs.

Graduate Council Members:

  • Micah Elias, Strategic Planning Manager
  • Erin Esaryk, Project Specialist
  • Jessica Heiges, Meeting Manager
  • Fiona McBride, Graduate Student Liaison
  • Matt McGee, Project Specialist
  • Mindy Price, BFI Executive Council Representative
  • Pang Sittakaradej, Projects Manager

Undergraduate Council Members:

  • Prachi Jha, BFI Executive Council Representative

Basic Needs Security Coalition

Basic Needs Security Coalition

We are a group that unites representatives of organizations from all across campus working to address basic needs security. We meet bimonthly throughout the school year.

For more information, please visit the Basic Needs Security Student Coalition website.

Student Leader(s): Sara Tsai, Vikrem Padda, Ibrahim Ramoul Menendez, Simon Zhen, Vanessa Goh

Bear Pantry at Berkeley

Bear Pantry at Berkeley

The Bear Pantry serves low-income UC Berkeley students with dependent children living in University Village. The only requirements for access to the resources of the Bear Pantry are that they have minor children living in their home and that their expected family contribution amount is $1000 or below. Special consideration is given to international student families and other families with exigent circumstances.

Students with children are particularly vulnerable to interruptions or delays in funding, and temporary shortages of food in the home, which might be manageable if difficult for an independent student, can be an emergency for students with children to be fed. Situations such as this can force a student parent, after overcoming the challenges of being admitted to UC Berkeley, to consider abandoning their educational goals for the security of their children. The Bear Pantry was founded on the belief that this is a choice no parent should have to make.

For more information, see the Bear Pantry website.

Email: thebearpantry@berkeley.edu

Student Leader(s): Carolyn Hsieh

Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy

Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy

The Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy, or BOAA, is the campus’ only social justice group dedicated to raising awareness of speciesism and the resulting widespread animal oppression. BOAA firmly stands against the exploitative, gendered, and harsh treatment of animals in our society. The ills of factory farming are not only felt by non-human animals, but also by the environment, people of color, low-income communities, and the health and culture of our society. We strive to make revolutionary social and political change by raising awareness and advocating for the liberation of animals, whether it be through political outreach, nonviolent direction action, or simply having conversations with other students. We’re a tight knit community that participates in animal rights outreach on campus and partners with local animal rights groups to change the world for animals.

For more information, see the BOAA Facebook page.

Email: boaarocks@gmail.com

Student Leader(s): Dean Wyrzykowski

Berkeley Student Food Collective

Berkeley Student Food Collective

The Berkeley Student Food Collective is dedicated to providing fresh, local, healthy, environmentally sustainable and ethically produced food at affordable prices to the Berkeley campus and greater community. We seek to educate students about nutrition and food systems, empower new leaders, and train youth to work in and manage a sustainable business. Through inclusive, democratic decision-making, we operate a grocery market that promotes community-building and environmental stewardship. Become a member and get 10% off all purchases.

For more information, see the Berkeley Student Food Collective website.

Email: director@foodcollective.org

Executive Director: Jeff Noven

Student Leader(s): Melina Webb

Cellular Agriculture Academic Society

Cellular Agriculture Academic Society

Cellular Agriculture Academic Society (CAAS) focuses on the emerging technology of cellular agriculture, which involves creating materials from cell cultures. Our main focus is on creating animal products (meat, leather, silk, etc.) from cell cultures.

For more information, see the CAAS website.

Email: info@CellAg.org

Student Leader(s): Saam Shahrokhi

Challah for Hunger

Challah for Hunger

Every Thursday at 6:30 (with a few exceptions) we host a challah braiding at Berkeley Hillel where volunteers can come and braid loaves, filling them with our special flavors that include chocolate chip and cinnamon sugar! We bake the loaves on site and sell the fresh bread for $3 each. All of the proceeds go towards alleviating food insecurity on campus and nationwide through direct aid and advocacy work.

For more information, see the Challah for Hunger website or Facebook page.

Email: milesrk@berkeley.edu

Student Leader(s): Miles King

FEED (Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship & Development)

FEED (Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship & Development)

FEED (Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship & Development) is a food justice club that consults for local startups and food organizations that share our vision of a socially responsible food system. We envision a world where food is not wasted; where what we grow and eat comes from equitably treated workers; where agricultural practices regenerate the land; and most importantly, where everyone has equal access to fresh, whole, nutritious foods. Our mission is to turn this vision into reality with business, because it has the power to enact real social change. We plan to accomplish our mission by consulting for local start-ups and food organizations that share our vision, and in doing so, improve their business. We also provide food justice events throughout the year, such as cookoffs or company sponsorships.

For more information, see the FEED website.

Email: feedberkeley@gmail.com

Student Leader(s): Alice Wei

Food and Agriculture Policy Group

Food and Agriculture Policy Group

The Food & Agriculture Policy Group is a student group founded at the Goldman School of Public Policy and open to students from across the Berkeley campus. The group seeks to explore how policy can achieve equity, justice, and economic and environmental sustainability within food and agriculture systems. By providing resources, convening conversations, and facilitating collaboration within the UC Berkeley community and beyond, the Food & Agriculture Policy Group examines the intersections of issues such as food justice and equity, the environmental impacts of food systems, the role of food and agriculture subsidies, access to and affordability of nutritious food, and the impact of climate change on food systems.

For more information, see the Food and Agriculture Policy Group website.

Email: foodandagpolicygroup@lists.berkeley.edu

Student Leader(s): Fiona McBride

Food@Haas

Food@Haas

Food@Haas is the hub for Berkeley-Haas MBAs interested in careers in the food industry as well as those who just love food! We provide professional, academic, and social programming to the Haas community to build future leaders of the food industry!

For more information, see the Food@Haas website.

Student Leader(s): Shom Gupta and Jose Alonso

FoodInno

FoodInno

Our mission at FoodInno is to provide new food experiences to students and innovators on campus. We do this through food hackathons, student-led classes, workshops, and field trips. By partnering with local entrepreneurs, food system experts, and chefs, we provide educational and hands-on opportunities for students to learn how to become more knowledgeable and impactful consumers in the food industry.

For more information, see the FoodInno website.

Student Leader(s): Byron Lo

Food Science and Tech at Cal

Food Science and Tech at Cal

Food Science and Tech at Cal aims to bring together students at UC Berkeley who share a passion for food science and related technologies. We are the first and only food science organization on campus, and work closely with the College of Chemistry and Department of Nutritional Sciences to educate about food related issues. During the year we bring in guest speakers and go on factory tours to provide a real-world look into the food industry, conduct student-led research through the College of Chemistry, hold educational workshops to teach about food science concepts, and work together to develop innovative food ideas for competition. The club is open to all UC Berkeley students of any major.

For more information, see the FST website or Facebook page.

Email: fstatcal@gmail.com or just drop by any meetings.

Student Leader(s): Caroline Sobek

Gill Tract Farm Students Coalition

Gill Tract Farm Students Coalition

The Gill Tract Farm Students Coalition is a student group that formed in spring 2017 to build strength and connection between the UC Gill Tract Community Farm in Albany and the UC Berkeley student community. Within the student group, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved including project-based work, engagement in Working Groups, and leadership growth.

For more information, see the UC Gill Tract Community Farm Facebook page. 

Email: contact@gilltractfarm.org

Student Leader(s): Robert Thomas

GradFood

GradFood

GradFood (formerly SNAPP) is an interdisciplinary association of graduate students working across sectors to share their work and ideas regarding all things food and agriculture. GradFood brings UC Berkeley graduate students from diverse disciplines together to learn and teach about something that affects everyone: FOOD! Food is more than meets the eye, and we delve into issues that make food both an intellectually stimulating field and central to our daily lives. Our monthly dinners are a forum to discuss food and agriculture issues from a variety of perspectives, and topics include everything from health to agroecology to economic development (and beyond!). The group provides opportunities to meet students from other departments, collaborate on and present research, and network with the sustainable food systems community and the new Berkeley Food Institute. We emphasize education that can inform both public policy and grassroots food systems change. Join us at the table!

For more information, see the GradFood Facebook page.

Email: gradfooducb@gmail.com or join the list serve: gradfood@googlegroups.com

Student Leader(s): Jessamyn Wead

HADSA (Housing and Dining Sustainability Advocates)

HADSA (Housing and Dining Sustainability Advocates)

Through student-led advocacy, auditing, and peer education, we make sustainability accessible and appealing to the UC Berkeley community, improve housing and dining infrastructure, and work towards more ethical and environmentally sound practices.

Learn more on HADSA’s website and Facebook page.

Email: madeleine.klein@berkeley.edu

Student Leader(s): Madeleine Klein

KABIRA at Berkeley

KABIRA at Berkeley

A multicultural organization that serves to promote food, art and wellness through campus-wide events and our online platform.

For more information, see the KABIRA at Berkeley website.

Student Leader(s): Heeral Shivani

Spoon University at Berkeley

Spoon University at Berkeley

Spoon University is a resource created for students, by students that focuses on simple recipes, restaurant reviews, food news, kitchen tips, and health and wellness. Our goal is to help college students eat intelligently and engage them in all things related to food. Spoon University is a national publication headquartered in NYC with more than 240 different campus chapters both nationally and globally. Spoon University at Berkeley was launched in Spring 2014 and we would love for you to be a part of Spoon as a writer, editor, photographer, or marketing team member. In addition to putting together creative articles and hosting food-related events, we encourage collaborative food adventures with your fellow Spoonies!

For more information, see the Spoon University at Berkeley website and Facebook page.
 
 
Student Leader(s): Lara Tanaguchi, Sarah Fung, Sherry Tania

Student Nutrition Advocacy Club (SNAC)

Student Nutrition Advocacy Club (SNAC)

We are a student organization that spreads nutrition awareness throughout the campus and community, as well as serving as a resource for members to learn more about nutrition and the field of dietetics.

For more information, see the SNAC Facebook page.

Email: ucbsnac@gmail.com

Student Leader(s): Seoyoun Albert Oh

Student Organic Garden Association (SOGA)

Student Organic Garden Association (SOGA)

The Student Organic Garden, UC Berkeley’s student farm, was created by students in 1971. The Student Organic Garden Association (SOGA) is the official democratic student association of garden stewards and educators committed to this farm. We promote sustainable organic gardening grounded in direct experience and radical inclusivity. Our mission is to provide a space for experiential learning related to agriculture and ecology,  promote sustainable food systems and food justice on and around campus, and engage in community building through collaboration.

For more information, see the SOGA website and Facebook page.

Email: studentorganicgarden@gmail.com or join the listserve: studentorganicgarden@lists.berkeley.edu

Student Leader(s): Sam Phillips, Alanna Araujo

Swipe Out Hunger

Swipe Out Hunger

Swipe Out Hunger at UC Berkeley was founded Fall of 2016 with the mission to use our leftover meal points for good. The group aims to grow its presence on campus to encourage students to donate their meal points and engage with our local food insecure community. This program is in strong partnership with Cal Dining, the UC Berkeley Food Pantry, and ASUC.

For more information, see the Swipe Out Hunger website and CalLink page.

Email: info@swipehunger.org 

Student Leader(s): Halle Redfearn, Nathan Sumekh, Mackenzie Monroe, and Lucinda Laurence

UC Berkeley Food Pantry

UC Berkeley Food Pantry

The UC Berkeley Food Pantry project is a direct response to the need among the student population for more resources to fight food insecurity—the lack of nutritious food. With rising fees, textbook costs, and living expenses, it is becoming increasingly difficult for students to juggle the costs of living with the costs of obtaining a university degree, and thus many students are finding themselves choosing between essentials such as food and basic toiletries and the costs of college. It is for this reason that The Food Pantry has been established—to provide emergency relief to help students continue on to successfully complete and obtain their degrees from the University of California. The Food Pantry is part of the campuswide food security program.

Mission Statement: The Food Pantry provides emergency nonperishable food to UC Berkeley students while they explore campus food security resources.

For more information, see the Food Pantry website.

Email: foodpantry@berkeley.edu

Student Leader(s): Carolyn Hsieh