Vegetables gleaming at the Berkeley Whole Foods

Tomorrow, Berkeley’s Whole Foods is hosting a school carnival from noon to 5pm at its 3000 Telegraph Avenue store to support Berkeley schools, and it will follow up on Wednesday next week by giving a percentage of its proceeds to the same cause.

“We are welcoming all parents, PTAs and school representatives for an afternoon to support our local schools”, says Jim Hallock, Community Outreach Leader at the Berkeley store, speaking about Saturday’s event. “This is an opportunity for PTAs and organizations dedicated to our local schools to gather, network and support our schools.”

The day includes a kid-friendly carnival with bouncy-house, an engine company from the Berkeley Fire Department, musicians, face painting, a BBQ and vendor fair, and tables for PTAs and non-profits.

Whole Foods has launched a campaign to support school gardens

Also attending is the Berkeley Public Education Foundation, which will be benefitting from a 5% Day Donation on Wednesday, September 14. On this day, 5% of all sales at Whole Foods Berkeley will be donated to the organization. Last May the store was able to donate over $4,500 to the Berkeley Unified School District from a similar event.

Whole Foods has also launched a campaign to support school gardens in an effort to fight childhood obesity. In partnership with the non-profit FoodCorps, and the newly established Whole Kids Foundation, Whole Foods Markets throughout the nation will be collecting donations to support grants for gardens for local schools. Schools may apply for upgrading existing gardens or for creating new gardens.

“Here is an opportunity for the community to donate to a cause which directly benefits our local schools,” said Hallock. “We hope the entire community gets behind this important cause.”

To find out what is going on in Berkeley and nearby, be sure to check out Berkeleyside’s recently launched Events Calendar. You can also submit your own events.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...