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Ceres Community Project

Rating: 5 stars   86 reviews 7,071

Address:

7351 Bodega Avenue Sebastopol CA 95472 USA

Mission:

We create health for people, communities and the planet through love, healing food and empowering the next generation. Key facets of our approach include: ♥ Supporting individuals dealing with serious illness with free, delivered and nutrient-rich prepared meals, nutrition education, and a community of caring. ♥ Involving young people as volunteer gardeners and chefs, giving them direct, hands-on experience of the difference that fresh, healthy foods and community make, and of their own capacity to contribute. ♥ Educating the broader community, including health professionals, about the connection between fresh, healthy food, strong social networks, healing and wellness. ♥ Connecting people of all ages and from all walks of life to one another, and to their value as an integral part of the community.

Results:

More than 1,400 young people have received over 75,000 hours of learning and mentoring in our four kitchens in Sonoma, Marin and Alameda counties. 2,000 families in health crisis, most of them very low-income, have been nourished with 400,000 healing meals and a community of caring, often making long-term changes to their diets to help them stay healthy. Ceres has trained 11 additional communities to replicate the Healing Meals model across the country, and reached millions of people with information on the connection between food and the health of individuals and the environment that sustains us.

Target demographics:

Create health for people, communities and planet, through love, healing food and empowering the next generation

Direct beneficiaries per year:

642 families facing a health crisis like cancer with free and low-cost, delivered healing meals. 437 teens gained job, leadership and life skills, and discovered their power to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors.

Geographic areas served:

Sonoma, Marin and Alameda counties (California)

Programs:

Healing Meals Program, Teen Chef & Gardener Program, Teen Leader Program

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707-829-5833
http://www.CeresProject.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with Ceres Project in 2013. Working as an Adult Mentor chef was a great experience, not only for sharing cooking skills and knowledge with the student volunteers but getting to make wonderful, healing, tasty meals. Then in August 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily I caught it early, but I opted to do both Chemo and radiation as well as eastern healing practices, acupuncture, massage, yoga and meditation. I became a client of a Ceres and received the incredible healing, beautifully prepared meals, delivered to my door for 16 weeks. Being on the receiving end was difficult for me, but I got to experience the whole process, and give feedback, as well. Ceres is an incredible project that has helped so many people maintain their strength in a difficult time and their hopes in getting their lives back. Think you Ceres.

 
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I was one of the first teen volunteers to work with Ceres in Marin, and worked with the program for one of the longest stretches, from when it began in 2010 until I left for college in 2014, although I had begun to taper off in the last few months. One of my family's close friends was also one of the first client Ceres of Marin had, and prepping, cooking, packaging, and delivering to her each week gave me such a better overall outlook on life, the struggles of others, and what it means to be happy, and those are things that I still reflect on and value now almost 6 years since my first day. I also got to see firsthand the value the program brought, and continues to bring, to the clients, their friends and families, and the smaller communities they participate in within the county. After working with Ceres for 2 years, I was also able to use the skills I learned in that time to go on a get jobs in restaurants in the local area and continue learning about food and cooking, which are two of my greatest passions. I think that often with Ceres it is easy to see the value that the clients get out of such a program, but what I think is truly special about this organization is that the passion that each individual brings to the table gives an immense amount back to those who dedicate their time to this cause. Without Ceres, I cannot say that I would be nearly as empathetic or outgoing of a person and I definitely wouldn't have the chops to work in the local food scene.

 
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I've helped cook here. And have met many families that have received meals from Ceres. They say it changed their lives and morale to have these deliveries of healthy food when life was tough.

 
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This project does it all:

teaches teen to cook healthy meals and gives them useful job skills

provides healthy meals to needy cancer patients, teaching them better eating habits

helps the environment by supporting local organic food sources and the use of fresh vegetables, helping the which reduces meat and packaged food consumption

 
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Ceres serves patients, but my experience is with how they enliven teens and infuse the community with energy for healthy living with their garden, their classes and their teen training!

 
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Unbelievably great idea to help people this way. A lifesaver.

 
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After volunteering with many organizations over the years, my connection with Ceres has continued for the last 6 years because of its contributions to the community on so any different levels, from teen development, to nutrition education, to helping folks with life threatening illnesses. I have watched Ceres grow over the years in a way few non profits have.

 
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Ceres is absolutely on of the best experiences I've had in my life. Working for Ceres is such a fulfilling experience. Through Ceres I have been able to meet wonderful people, learn utile new skills, and open doors to opportunities I would have never encountered otherwise.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

After being part of this amazing project, in its ever flowing kitchens for three years now I can honestly say Ceres has changed my life for the better. Once just another teenage girl, Ceres has given me more motivation than I ever could inspire without it. I now have a life path I hope to take and achieve as much and more as Ceres has in my own career. Realizing what helping others can do for the self has been an amazing gift. I hope I never have to stop being part of something so powerful as cooking goof food for a community who loves and appreciates it.

 
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I've begun volunteering as part of the Ceres Project and am astonished, not surprised but overwhelmed, by the clear organization of the program, how volunteers know exactly what to do because it's so simply laid out, even as Ceres grows so fast that all the people who work and volunteer will be stretched. I have confidence both creative and realistic solutions will be found. I just hope that more and more people who previously had few opportunities to eat the nourishing great food that Ceres offers will have the chance to be nourished as Ceres can nourish. Barbara

 
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