Ceres Community Project

The Ceres Community Project is a California nonprofit providing locally produced meals to low-income people and nutritional education to communities. Ceres supports people struggling with health challenges with free, home-delivered organic meals.

All meals are prepared by volunteer teens. Over 2,300 teens have learned to cook and eat healthy meals by becoming Ceres Teen Chefs. The teens genuinely participate in the planning and decision-making of the organization (two youth serve as voting members on the Ceres Board of Directors) and can join the Ceres Youth Leadership Program and gain skills such as leadership, peer teaching and public speaking.

The 3,700 families and individuals who receive Ceres meals benefit from not only from the nutrition (about 80% of cancer patients struggle with malnutrition) but caring interaction that reduces stress and isolation and improves long-term health outcomes.

Ceres also offers community education in nutrition, cooking and the benefits of organic and locally grown food through classes, a cookbook and community partnerships.

Since 2009 Ceres has been supporting like-minded groups in communities across the country. It has partnered with and inspired 12 new groups based on the Ceres model in New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee, New Jersey and Ohio.

We're glad to support this program and the development of others like it across the country. In 2017, our Simply Organic Giving Fund donated $15,000 to Ceres Community Project.

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