The work that Ceres does is transformational on many levels. We transform teen's relationship with food, the way they view themselves as leaders, and their ability to bring good to the world through stewardship.
We provide much needed nutrient, dense meals to people with life threatening illness who need it the most to help aid in their healing.
And we teach the greater community about the links between health and food, so that we empower people to make better food choices that will strengthen their bodies.
We are an organization that has grown quickly because there is both a huge need in our community, and the community is crying out for more every day. We have attracted amazing volunteers and donors who really stand behind, not only what we do, but what he are about. At the core of Ceres is the heart and relationship and supporting others in our community the way that we used to do automatically. So we are not just about health of bodies, but also the health of our community and our spirits, which is what makes being part of Ceres incredibly gratifying and wonderful.
As an example, one of our clients was dying at age 28 of breast cancer and was a single Mom of 2. Not only did we provide meals for her, but all the food needs for the family. We also provided emotional support through her client liaison and her delivery "angel". As her delivery angel, I knew that we were a godsend to her. She said she could taste the love in the food they ate. It had a profound impact on them, (and certainly me as well) and that is why Ceres is so special. We don't just deliver nutrient dense meals. We don't just teach teens to cook. We don't just educate about the connection between food and health. We do all of that in a context of love and support, which makes all the difference for not only our clients, but all of us who are involved in the Ceres Community Project.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the hundreds of clients we've touched and the stories they shared about what a difference Ceres made for them during a difficult time. Our ability to bring an incredibly nourishing meal to our clients at an incredibly low price, due to our supportive community partners (Whole Foods, Olivers, Redwood Hill Dairy, Gourmet Mushrooms, First Light Farm, etc)
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Expand our funding so we can pay employees at market rate and offer benefits to them.
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How did you learn about this organization?
I met the Executive Director when she was a private chef at a retreat center I attended. It was the best food I'd ever eaten!
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Renovation of the new building, so we can occupy in early Fall and double our capacity
What is its top priority in the long run?
Expand our services nationally through an affiliate program
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