News from Ceres

Our volunteers work hard to prepare meals for hundreds who were displaced by the fires in Sonoma County.
In this issue:  
 Letter from Cathryn
Sonoma Fire Response
   Thank You

Fire Response Updates
Nutrition Article
   Rethink breakfast with these
   healthy alternatives
   Breakfast Couscous
Upcoming Classes & Events
   Kids Can Cook
Benefit for Ceres 
   Run or Walk...for your health
   and for Ceres!
   Breast Cancer Awareness Month
   Give back to Ceres with your
   next gathering
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Our hearts go out to all those who have experienced loss as a result of the North Bay fires. While the flames are nearly extinguished, those who have lost loved ones, homes and jobs have a long road to recovery ahead.
As Ceres continues to respond to the fires by providing meals to those impacted, and to our regular client base, there are a number of ways you can help support our efforts:

1. Spread the Word-share this message:
If you or someone you know has been impacted by the fires, has a medical condition, and is unable to shop or prepare meals, please contact Ceres Community Project at 707-829-5833 extension 114 or email You may qualify for delivery of 14 prepared meals a week that meet your medical needs. 

2. Volunteer-
We have an ongoing need for volunteers, both youth and adult. Please consider joining our volunteer family. Register for an orientation on October 26, November 8, 13, 15 or 30 so you can get started.

3. Consider Catering by Ceres-
The holidays are coming, and if you're in need of an experienced caterer, look no further than Ceres. Your guests will be impressed, and your purchase will support our meal program. Everyone wins, deliciously! And don't forget our cafe when you're planning to meet a friend for lunch, or you're looking for a place for a business lunch. We expect to reopen no later than October 30.

4. Donate-
We depend on your financial generosity in order to empower our Teen Chefs & Gardeners, and nourish our clients through a health crisis like cancer. Every donation helps us accomplish our mission. You can donate online, or send us a check made out to Ceres Community Project. You'll find our address at the bottom of this page. 

This week, we continue to cook for all clients from our Sebastopol and San Rafael kitchens. We're also doing a thorough cleaning of our Santa Rosa kitchen and cafe, and planning to re-open very soon at that location.

Thank you for being a part of this incredible community!
In Gratitude,  
Cathryn Couch
Founder & Executive Director

Sonoma Fire Response Thank You
 We're so grateful to everyone who said "yes" to help us nourish those fighting and impacted by the fires in Sonoma County. Below are some photos from our Sebastopol Kitchen that we wanted to share with you along with the names of those who donated the food we transformed into meals. Thank you!

 Thank you to all who donated to our fire relief response, and to the following farmers, grocers and food producers:

Alive & Healing
Andy's Produce Market
Backyard Restaurant
BiRite Market
Bohemian Creamery
Cash 'n Carry
Central Milling Company
Chileno Valley Ranch
Clif Bar
Confluence Farm
Costco Rohnert Park
County Line Farm
Coyote Family Farm
Doug Traeger
Fircrest Market
First light farm
Foggy Bottom Farm
Forestville Hardware
Gourmet Mushrooms
Green Star Farm
Green Valley Community Farm
Guayaki Yerba Mate
Half Wild Farm
Pasture Fresh Eggs
Joe Matos Cheese Factory
Katie Pitts
La Tortilla Factory
Little Apple Treats
McClelland Dairy
Moustache Baked Goods
North Coast Organic Apple Products
Pacific Market
Papas 'n Pollo
Petaluma Creamery
Piano Farm
Red Dog Baking
Retrograde Roasters
Revive Komucha
Russian River Vineyard
Sackyard Garden
Salmon Creek School Farm
Sebastopol Hardware
S.F. Fights Fire Chefs
Singing Frogs Farm
Speers Market
St. Dorothy's Rest
Summerfield Farm
Sweet Dragon Baking Company
The Giving Gardens
The Nectary
Three Leaves Foods
Victorian Farmstead
Whole Foods Market
Wise Acre Farm
Worker Bee Farm
FireResponseFire Response Updates
If you missed our e-communication regarding Ceres' response to the fires,  
you can get caught up by clicking on each link below to read more.
Thank you for nourishing Ceres
October 17,2017
Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe that it was just eight days ago that we woke up to the nightmare of the deadly and tragic fires in our community. While many are now being allowed back into their homes and some shelters have closed, the need for support is far from over.   
Fire Response Update
October 12,2017 
Dear Friends,

As the disastrous Sonoma County fires continue to rage and expand, it's clear that their impact will extend far into the future. We are in conversation with the county, through Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, and are committed to providing support to those effected for as long as it is needed.  
Read more here
Frittata for 500
October 10,2017
Frittata for 500
640 eggs
400 cups of assorted vegetables
25 pounds of cheese
100 cups of milk
Seasoned with the love and care of our grieving community
NutritionArticle Rethink breakfast with these healthy alternatives 

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 10, 2017,
Featuring Thais Harris, NC
Nutrition Education Manager, Ceres Community Project

The Press Democrat wrote a lovely article entitled "Healthful Start" or "Rethink breakfast with these healthy alternatives" exploring the benefits of having a nutrient-rich breakfast. They interviewed our Nutrition Education Manager, Thais Harris, and went to the cafe for inspiration, recipes and photos. Below you can read the article in its entirety.
Please note the following corrections to the article:
1. Under the "Morning Tips" paragraph, "Aim for protein" line: "Our neurotransmitters, the feel-good messengers, are made from protein, so having a protein-rich breakfast is the best way to feed a stable mood."
2. Under the "Morning Tips" paragraph, "The bread dilemma" line: "conventional wheat and cheap bread are usually loaded with pesticide residues, especially glyphosates"... "You can have a wonderful toast with avocado or cottage cheese and sprinkle your favorite herbs on top."
In the second page of the article, where we talk about smoothies, please note the following:
"Other sources of protein in a smoothie can include bone broth protein powder (not bone broth)."

Please let us know if this inspires you to change your morning routine!

"The typical, American comfort foods we love to eat for breakfast - pancakes, French toast and the Southern staple of biscuits and gravy - may taste good on a special occasion, but for fueling up on an everyday basis, they don't provide the best boost for our brains and our bodies.
But if you bring together some protein, vegetables and whole grains - in a frittata, a smoothie or an oatmeal bowl - you'll have more energy, be in a better mood and help your body detox at the same time..."  
Read the full article here

Recipe Recipe to Nourish Body and Mind   

Breakfast Couscous
Click the image above or here for a printable PDF of our free delicious recipe.

Whole grains are a healthy option for breakfast, and you can go with the traditional oatmeal or branch out with a quinoa, couscous or a brown rice bowl, topped with nuts and seeds.

"People will do oatmeal with brown sugar and fruit, but that's too many carbs," she said. "So it's good to add a healthy fat - grass-fed butter, coconut oil - plus chia or flax seeds ... and I like adding cinnamon, because it helps regulate blood sugar and is an anti-oxidant."- Thais Harris

Read more about healthy breakfast alternatives here .
Click here for this recipe and here for even more free recipes! 

UpcomingEvents Upcoming Classes & Events

Healing Foods ESSENTIALS Class  Santa Rosa
October 25
Don't miss our last Healing Foods class of the year! 
If you've already taken our Healing Foods Basics class and would like to know more, this class is for you. Thais Harris, Nutrition Education Manager, will guide you through topics including:

♥ Anti-inflammatory foods
♥ Fats: which to use and how to cook them properly
♥ Managing your blood sugar

This class involves a hands-on portion, and we will make a healthy dish together!

Kids Can Cook! 
Eating the rainbow is easy and fun. This hands-on cooking class, presented by Ceres at Sonoma County library locations for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders is designed to teach children how to make healthy snacks and simple meals.   



Sign up for a Volunteer Orientation and join our team!
Upcoming Benefits for Ceres

November 5
Starts at: 8 am    
  Start: Healdsburg Plaza   
End: Bear Republic Brewing Company
Run or Walk...for your Health and for Ceres!
2nd Annual GutBuster Charity Event 

Join the non-profit Climbing Over Cancer and Co-Host Healdsburg Firefighters Association Sunday morning November 5, 2017 for a family fun run/walk in beautiful Healdsburg, California. Choose from 3 courses, including a 12.5K partial trail run up and over Fitch Mountain, a 10K around Fitch Mountain and a relatively flat 3K around town. 
The run benefits nonprofits No Stomach for Cancer and Ceres Community Project.
The driving force behind this effort is former Healdsburg resident, Allen Losh: son, husband, father, brother, veteran, firefighter, and friend to many, who lost his life to stomach cancer at the young age of 30. He received the caring meals and warm support from the Ceres Community Project and No Stomach for Cancer during his battle with stomach cancer.
**WALK WITH CERES! Look for the Ceres banner on the plaza and walk the 3K route through charming Healdsburg. See you there!
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Share Your Story Of Change and You Could Win a Prize!
We're so grateful to Simply Organic and The FeedFeed, for raising funds and awareness of our work through their 
#CookForAChange Challenge + Giveaway.
With a goal for cooking to inspire personal change and social good, for each use of #CookForAChange, Simply Organic and The FeedFeed will donate one meal to our Healing Meals Program. They'll fund up to 1,200 
meals to nourish Ceres' clients during the holiday season, and you can help.
Read more about the challenge here
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Click the image above to watch Cindy's story
A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying and life-altering. And at a time when being well-nourished is critically important, there's often little time to shop and cook. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of that, we invite you nourish a client facing breast cancer. So many of the clients we serve here at Ceres are facing that diagnosis, and most of them are women, often raising families and trying to work as they receive treatment. Family meals happen on the run, if at all. 

Help us ease the burden of clients like Cindy. Just $25 equals three full meals, packed with vital nutrients and love, and delivered to the door of a grateful client.
Can you chip in? Click the button below to donate.
Give back to Ceres with your next gathering

Our hearts go out to all those who have experienced loss as a result of the North Bay fires.
As Ceres continues to respond to the fires by providing meals to those impacted, and to our regular client base, here's one way you can help support our efforts: consider Catering by Ceres if you have an upcoming event.
The holidays will be here before we know it, with celebrations of all kinds
-- from office parties and family gatherings to an open house for friends and neighbors. Ceres Catering can help with a wide variety of menus from assorted cookie platters, including gluten free options, to more elaborate buffets or passed appetizers.
Please give us a call and we'll be happy to create a menu that meets your needs and budget. Keep in mind that this is a busy time of year and dates will fill up fast.   
Here's just one example to whet your tastebuds...
Read more here
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Support More Ways to Support Ceres

Join Our Kale Club

Become one of our monthly donors and you'll automatically be enrolled in our Kale Club.
Kale Club membership perks include a monthly email with a collection of delicious and healthy recipes from the Ceres kitchen!

Purchase the Ceres Cookbook

Ceres' Nourishing Connections Cookbook is filled with 
delicious and healthy recipes...
PLUS read about how Ceres came to be, and benefit from the extensive section outlining Ceres' Food Philosophy and hands on strategies to empower you to make healthy change in your life. More details and sample recipes here.

Whole Foods

Visit Whole Foods Market and enjoy a delicious, healthy deli salad or soup adapted from Ceres' Nourishing Connections Cookbook.

Ceres receives a $1.00 donation for every pint purchased. Look for special signage in these Whole Foods locations:

Santa Rosa (Yulupa)
Mill Valley
San Rafael
and other Northern California locations!

Community Cards

Earn funds for Ceres when you shop at Oliver's Markets, Petaluma Market, Fircrest and other local markets.
Pick up your eScrip Community Card the next time you shop, and designate Ceres as your beneficiary. The markets will donate 3-5% of your spending to us.

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You can easily support Ceres through the purchases you already make on

Visit to choose Ceres as your beneficiary organization and then access Amazon via every time you shop.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Ceres.


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