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The City of Berkeley Will Now Serve Vegan Meals at Public Events and City Buildings

City council just approved an ordinance to cut down its spending on animal-based products.


City council just approved an ordinance to cut down its spending on animal-based products.

Going to events and buildings with no vegan options is a struggle most plant-based peeps know all too well. Whether you’re attending a work meeting, outdoor gathering, or concert, it’s always best to come prepared with snacks. But in one Northern California city, a lack of vegan food will be a thing of the past! Thanks to a recent ordinance, the city of Berkeley will now serve vegan meals at public events and city buildings.

Vegan Options at Berkeley Public Events, Jails, Senior Centers, and Other City Buildings

Earlier this week, an ordinance was approved that requires the city of Berkeley to offer plant-based foods, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds at public buildings. This means there will be vegan options at Berkeley public events, jails, senior centers, and other city buildings—but the ordinance does not apply to schools, as they are run by an independent school district.

The first-of-its-kind measure is the work of the Berkeley-based animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, as well as the city’s Mayor, Jesse Arreguín, who approved and co-authored the ordinance. Direct Action Everywhere proposed for the city to serve 100% plant-based food but the city officials opted for a more gradual shift. By the end of 2024, the city will slash its spending on animal-based products in half.

Berkeley’s Progressive Environmental Efforts

This new plant-forward ordinance isn’t the first of Berkeley’s progressive environmental efforts. The city was the first to implement a trash recycling program in the 1970s and the first to ban natural gas lines from new buildings in 2019. With their new initiative to cut back on animal-based foods, Berkeley continues to set the bar for what cities can do to help reduce climate change. But this is only the beginning! With this win, Direct Action Everywhere is pushing for similar ordinances to be passed in other major cities like Chicago and San Francisco.

Allie Mitchell

Allie Mitchell


When Allie responded to an Instagram post on @vegoutlosangeles a few years ago, she had no idea she’d join the coolest vegan team on the planet. An Austin native, actress, yogi, and part-time sword fighter (don’t ask!), Allie is on a mission to live her best life and inspire others to do the same. She graduated from Hussian College In Studio with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film and currently acts, writes, and eats her way through Los Angeles.

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