Ceres Community Project
Rating: 5 stars 84 84 reviews 6,961
7351 Bodega Avenue Sebastopol CA 95472 USA
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.
More than 1,400 young people have received over 75,000 hours of learning and mentoring in our three kitchens in Sonoma and Marin counties. 1,600 families in health crisis, most of them very low-income, have been nourished with 350,000 healing meals and a community of caring, often making long-term changes to their diets to help them stay healthy. Ceres has trained 10 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.
Create health for people, communities and planet, through love, healing food and empowering the next generation
Direct beneficiaries per year:
513 families facing a health crisis like cancer with free and low-cost, delivered healing meals. 410 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 County, Marin County
Healing Meals Program, Teen Chef & Gardener Program, Teen Leader Program
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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.
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
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!
Unbelievably great idea to help people this way. A lifesaver.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ceres seems to be the most pure of mission of any organization I have known. They really are all about bringing healthy, healing, nutritious food to people in need and teaching the teens about good food, cooking, gardening and giving. As a volunteer, it is a privilege to be a part of helping people in need and there is much I have learned along the way, which I really appreciate. I have been volunteering as a liaison and kitchen helper for about three years.
I am so impressed with Ceres. The mission and true sincerity to help clients who have cancer (and other illnesses) to boost their immune system, provide meals for them and their family and to provide and educate them about many other resources is such a benefit. And they are teaching teenagers to cook these meals that are delivered to clients. Ceres has HUGE support from the community, volunteers and the city of Sebastopol because they are so pure in their mission. And then there is the educational component. The clients get some education as do the volunteers and it is an impressive resource of knowledge about organic, immune boosting foods and herbs. And there are classes. I am happy to volunteer because I can see so clearly the enormous benefit and love they extend to clients who are very much in need.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
hearing the incredible gratitude from clients. When you are very ill, to have someone cook and deliver healthy, immune boosting meals to the client and family for free for 12 weeks minimum and to offer other support is huge.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I don't know of any changes I would make. They do an amazing job with a few dedicated employees and a host of volunteers. The emphasis is always taking the best possible care of the clients within their means.
Over the last three years I have watched Ceres grow, and I have been growing myself. I have become a more confident cook and a strong leader becuase of my involvement with Ceres. I have taken on the role of teen leader and am now serving as a youth board member, these unique oppurtuinites have made me stretch and change in ways I had not known I was able to. Ceres is a wonderful organization that has blessed the lives of countless indivuals, and I feel so lucky to be a part of this wonderful community.