Project Leads: Ilana Nevins, Kate Kaplan, Carli Baker
Sponsor: Berkeley Student Food Collective
TGIF Grant: $2,560
Project Theme: Food Justice & Sustainability
2012 Application Submission
Status: In Progress
Project Description: This grant will be used by the BSFC expand its in-house food prep as a part of its larger mission to increase sustainable food accessibility to the Berkeley campus and community. Based on a spring 2012 customer survey, 57% of customers visit the BSFC during lunch hours and 55% of these customers chose the prepared Food Collective Sandwich as their favorite store item. Over 50% of the total customers surveyed specifically requested additional prepared grab-n-go items be made available in the store.
Goals: Expand the BSFC's in-house food prep program by purchasing the necessary equipment and installing the necessary food-prep stations. Meet the customers' growing demand for prepared foods, as reflected in a conducted customer survey. Sell BSFC prepared foods which will reflect the BSFC's core values and will demonstrate to customers how they themselves can create delicious, nutritious, and conscious meals at home. Provide community cooking demonstrations to share with BSFC members and customers the recipes and techniques on how to create some of BSFC's most popular prepared foods. Expand the BSFC's membership and customer bases. Reduce the BSFC's carbon emissions by cutting out the prepared foods "middle-man" and receive ingredients directly for in-house preparation. Be able to use older produce for ingredients that would otherwise be unsellable and composted, thereby savings money and reducing food waste. Purchase more items in bulk and reduce packaging waste.