THE CERES PROJECT, SEBASTOPOL, CALIFORNIA

ceresSet up in 2007, the Ceres Project supports people with serious illness with nutrient-rich, organic food.

For the first 12 weeks, Ceres’ clients receive the food for free. After 12 weeks, there is a discussion with the client about their needs. If medical treatment is over, and they are back to feeling good, then their meal service is completed. If they would like the service to continue, they are asked to make a donation on a sliding scale. Then, at 24 weeks, the service is ended.

So far the project has distributed over 116,000 meals and has been universally applauded.

Not only did the weekly food deliveries help me to maintain a healthy diet, especially since I had so little energy for preparing food; I felt like I was being held in the nurturing embrace of the larger community. Cancer can be isolating, and the brief (and sometimes extended) visits with the people who delivered the food were as nourishing on an emotional and spiritual level as the food. I am so grateful to all of the community members who make this project possible. Thank you!!! (Cancer sufferer Debora Hammond)

The project also involves young people. Teenagers are trained both to grow the food and to prepare the meals. For them it’s a bit like a job in that they have to turn up every week at the same time and work in teams. No surprise that there’s a waiting list to take part.

Picture ©2011 Ceres Community Project

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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