Ceres Community Project
Rating: 5 stars 89 89 reviews 7,141
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 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.
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)
Healing Meals Program, Teen Chef & Gardener Program, Teen Leader Program
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Ceres Project is an amazing organization. I have supported them in the past by donating to their auction fundraiser, but never thought I'd be a client, too. After major cancer surgery, they brought healthy, healing, farm-to-table meals for my husband and me every week for 8 weeks, which allowed me to focus on healing and my husband to focus on work and all the other things that I was not able to do. The meals are delicious, and we even had left-overs. They were on time every time, and I had 2 different deliverers, both of whom were helpful and pleasant. I have donated to and worked with many non-profit organizations and cannot say enough about this group. They truly have EVERYTHING figured out to do the best they can for the clients, the workers, and the environment. How could you possibly beat that?
I have been both a recipient of Ceres when ill and now a volunteer for them. This is by far the best nonprofit organization I have been involved in. Having teen chefs prepare food for our clients is such a wonderful idea. Not only are the clients receiving fabulous healthy food while going through treatment, but the teens are getting some of the best training and experience in their lives. And all of the adult volunteers get to learn more about healthy eating as well. The organization is well run, and when I attend volunteer events I feel like I am with family.
I have been a volunteer now for over three years working primarily as a client liaison. I love what I do acting as a link between the clients we serve and the Ceres program. Furthermore, I have always felt valued as a volunteer, and I've never felt pressured to do more than I wanted. There are many ways to serve in the Ceres community. There is a volunteer position for just about anyone who cares to join .For me it has been a very good fit. It might be for you too!
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.
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.
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.
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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.