CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRANT RECIPIENTS! Berkeley City Council approved 2-year (FY20 and FY21) grants to 10 community agencies and Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD). Read Resolution No. 68,915 N.S. for more details.  

Berkeley Unified School District

$1,900,000 across two years. 

Resolution #68,903-N.S.

Gardening and Cooking Program

The Berkeley Public School Gardening and Cooking Program engages students with hands-on instruction in the garden. As part of the 2020 Vision and the District’s Integrated Wellness Policy, the Program is woven into student life District-wide to ensure the academic, physical, emotional, and health development of all students to affect three main areas of student learning from preschool through high school:

Academic Achievement: By utilizing a place-based, interdisciplinary, and experiential approach to the new academic standards, garden educators work closely with teachers to bring classroom learning to life in the garden.

Increased Health: With support from community partners, we promote health and nutrition with opportunities to taste delicious fruits and veggies found growing in the garden. Teaching students that taking care of the land and your body allows for the development of multiple intelligence integral to whole child education.

Essential Life Skills: Through placed-based learning, students gain valuable communication and collaboration skills, while building confidence as problem-solvers. Students practice cultural competence and language development as they cultivate positive relationships with the world around them and their peers. We provide this collaborative education with a focus on consistency, improved healthy food and drink access, and sustainable replication in 18 schools.

Bay Area



$239,333 across two years. 

Resolution #68,910-N.S.

Healthy Options at Point of Sale (HOPS) is part of BACR’s ECAP work. The mission of HOPS is to build knowledge and power within communities to decrease sugary product placement and marketing at checkout and to build a food landscape that improves access to healthy foods for all families across the Bay Area. HOPS will engage transitional-aged youth in Berkeley in a community action research and advocacy project to reduce the marketing and placement of sugar-sweetened beverages and foods at checkout. Funded activities will include:

Robert Scott

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