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Good Food Access

Good food access means that all people have access to food they can afford that is healthy, sustainably and equitably produced, and culturally appropriate. We see good food access as an outcome of food sovereignty, or “the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems” (Declaration of Nyéléni, the first global forum on food sovereignty, Mali, 2007).

Food In Schools

Over 30 million children eat school lunches every day. The food schools serve and how schools use their significant buying power can affect the health of children and families.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in California, plays a valuable role in lifting low-income households out of poverty and mitigating food insecurity.

Soda Taxes

Soda consumption is implicated in the development of obesity and diabetes. The beverage industry spends billions of dollars annually promoting its products; soda taxes are one way to level the playing field.

Food and Beverages at UC Berkeley

65,000 people eat and drink at UC Berkeley every day. Our food and beverage choices matter. UC Berkeley’s longtime leadership in values-based procurement has us now looking more closely at the presence of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on campus.

Urban Agriculture

BFI supports community engagement, research, education, and policy projects focused on urban food production, and distribution of the resulting produce to underserved urban communities.