News from Ceres

Getting to know each other with an icebreaker at our Appreciation Party
for Marin County volunteers.
In this issue:  
 Letter from Cathryn
A New Garden for Ceres!
Marcelle: Client Story 
Fire Relief Benefit Dinner
Our café has re-opened
Thank You Gutbuster
Remember to Smile
   this Holiday Season

Nutrition Article
   Eating Well During
   the Holidays
Recipe to Nourish
   John's Turmeric Tonic
   Nonprofit Leadership Awards
   Honors Julie Burford

   #CookforaChange Kicks off
Upcoming Classes & Events
   Volunteer Orientation
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Over the next three days, we'll be making and delivering this week's meals to our clients and their families. Their bag this week will include a Ceres-style traditional Thanksgiving feast, made and delivered with love.

This year I'm feeling extra thankful for everyone in the Ceres community who helps us make sure that our clients are nourished and cared for, not just at the holidays or during an extraordinary event like the recent wildfires, but every week throughout the year. Thanks to you--our volunteers, donors, clients and well-wishers--youth are empowered with skills and knowledge, and clients are held and nourished as they face an illness like cancer. 

Ceres gives all of us a place to foster and celebrate the connections that make life meaningful. This holiday season, please consider making a financial gift to support our ongoing work. Any amount helps, and you can donate right now online using the buttons in the email, or send a check. Our address is at the bottom of this email. And read on for other ways to get involved in Ceres Community Project. 

Together, we touch and transform lives, one healing meal and one teen at a time. 

With warm wishes for health and healing, now and in the coming months.

In Gratitude,  
Cathryn Couch
Founder & Executive Director

CurrentEventsA New Garden for Ceres!

Part 2: Garden Install

What a weekend we had installing our new garden in Santa Rosa! So many of you showed up and pitched in to help, and as a result the garden is well under way. Volunteers sheet mulched, planted cover crop and enjoyed lunch together.

A big thank you to Grab 'n Grow for donating 40 yards of compost and wood chips, and for adding a second delivery at the last minute (we had so many eager volunteers show up that we were able to do a lot more than we had planned, and ended up needing more materials!). They also donated rolls of cardboard for sheet mulching.

Interested in joining us for another garden party? Stay tuned for more opportunities in the new year.

Check out our stop motion video of the install here.   
Click here for more Santa Rosa Garden install photos. 

We're grateful to the garden's founding donors:
Terry and Joanne Dale (long-time Sebastopol garden supporters),  
and in-kind donors  Pace Supply and  Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery  
Read more here about our previous garden party.

* We apologize for accidentally omitting one of our generous donors--
Impact 100 Redwood Circle--in our previous eBlast. The linked article has been corrected.

Why healing meals matter for our clients

Among those benefiting from the generosity of our volunteers and donors is 43-year-old Marcelle. The healthy meals we prepare for him each week are helping Marcelle cope with appetite loss and digestive challenges brought on by Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. His condition and treatment mean that he lacks energy, is "not always feeling good, sometimes very nauseous
and not able to drive."

Read more here

CommCaresEventsFire Relief Benefit Dinner: Join Us and Support Ceres

Monday, December 4 
6 - 9PM  
1332 Park Street #D
Alameda, CA 94501
Thank you Food Shift for hosting an all-inclusive benefit dinner with drinks, conversation and music to support Ceres Community Project and UndocuFund's North Bay fire relief efforts.  
Find out more here
Cafe Our café has re-opened 

After a brief closure necessitated by the recent wildfires,
Ceres Café is once again open to serve you.
Click here to view our menu. Don't forget-you can call ahead and we'll have your
order ready for you to pick up and enjoy. And, think of us for your holiday catering needs, too.
See you soon!
- Cole and the Ceres Café staff

Contact Us 

707-829-5833 ext. 340
2447 Summerfield Rd (at Hoen), Santa Rosa
Monday-Friday 8 AM-2 PM
CommCaresThank You Gutbuster 

Pictured (Left to Right): Will, with Molly McKinney from Team Ceres; and with race founder/organizer, Vern Losh.
Thank you to the 2nd Annual Gutbuster Fun Run in support of the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, No Stomach for Cancer and Ceres. We had a great time participating and hope to join you again next year!  
For more info about the Gutbuster Fun Run click here.
AmazonSmile Remember to Smile this Holiday Season
When you designate Ceres as your beneficiary organization and shop on Smile.Amazon.com0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases will be donated directly to Ceres.    
What an easy way to help us deliver meals and empower teens!
NutritionArticle Eating Well During the Holidays 

by Thais Harris, NC
Nutrition Education Program Manager, Ceres Community Project

It's that wonderful time of year when people come together to give thanks, celebrate the year that has passed and welcome the New Year ahead. As beautiful and jolly as this time can be, it can also be filled with stress, anxiety and sadness (which the cold, shorter days can make worse). There are many different ways to cope with whatever the holidays and winter bring us, and one way that we can all relate to is food. When it comes to eating this time of year, we need to be mindful of our daily choices, and be prepared for the parties and offerings from our friends, family and work environment. Having a clear goal to stay well during this time will help us make the best decisions. 
Read the full article here

Recipe Recipe to Nourish Body and Mind   

John's Turmeric Tonic
Click the image above or here for a printable PDF of our free delicious recipe.

Executive Chef,
John Littlewood
This remedy is easy to prepare at home and can help support your immune health during cold and flu season.

Our Executive Chef, John Littlewood, has been perfecting this recipe for years, and swears by it.
Click here for this recipe and here for even more free recipes! 

Bohemian Vote Ceres Community Project as best non-profit!
Share your love of Ceres by voting us best non-profit in the North Bay Bohemian Best of 2017 Readers Poll.

When voting for Ceres be sure to type in "Ceres Community Project"so that your vote for us counts.  

Deadline for online ballots is Dec. 31, 2017
RecentNewsRecent News You May Have Missed

Northbay Business Journal's Nonprofit Leadership Awards Honors Julie Burford

Julie Burford, who founded our Marin County program, was recently honored at the Northbay Business Journal's fifth annual Nonprofit Leadership Awards. The honorees include a plethora of volunteers and members of the community who have performed a great service for their community. Many have changed lives and inspired those around them to enact change in their communities.   
Julie's volunteer service to the Marin community has been huge. Along with Anne Wathen, another key Ceres Marin volunteer, Julie and her team delivered more than 50,000 meals in their first 5 years.
Read more here
#CookforaChange Kicks off in Los Angeles

Click the image above to watch the video of their event (photo credit: The FeedFeed)

As we mentioned last month, Simply Organic and The FeedFeed are raising funds and awareness of our work through their #CookForAChange Challenge and Giveaway.

They recently had their big kick off in Los Angeles and shared a great article about their opening event. Their event took place in an apron factory in Vernon, CA. Teams met, were given a food challenge and then cooked a meal from start to finish. Then everyone gathered to enjoy the feast they had created together. Watch their event video and read more about it here.

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. 
How to Participate:
1. Share a photo of your cooking change on social media 
2. Tag a friend and challenge them to change using
3. Inspire others and raise meals and awareness for the Ceres Community Project!
One lucky winner will receive two $1,300 gift sets - one to keep and one to give to someone who's inspired a change in their life.
Easy right? View the full contest rules and see what others are posting here
The Prize Includes:
Two (2) Sets of Simply Organic Spices + Accessories
Two (2) Sets of Le Creuset 5-Piece Stainless Steel Sets
Two (2) Sets of Kuhn Rikon Vase Grinders
Two (2) Sets of Kuhn Rikon Kitchen Prep Sets
The challenge is underway, and we hope you'll post some of your homecooked meals!
UpcomingEvents Upcoming Classes & Events

Volunteer Orientation 
Santa Rosa
November 30 
Don't miss our last volunteer orientation of the year!  
Join us to hear about all of our opportunities as well as the positions that we need at this time. You'll also learn about how Ceres Community Project started, our mission, and our vision for Ceres.

Here are some of the opportunities we are trying to fill:

Container Sterilizing
Teen Chefs
Cafe Volunteers
Kitchen Mentors
Catering Volunteers
Delivery Angels

Note to Parents of Teens: Parents of teens who are not planning to become volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to attend with your teen.  It is not necessary for you to register; we look forward to meeting you.

Please register if you are a potential Adult or Teen Volunteer.

Invite your friends to join you on Facebook.
TooManyEmails Receiving Too Many Emails?
Are the e-mails you receive from us not relevant to you? We might not have your correct zip code or address on file. E-mail us your zip code/address and we'll make sure to tailor our emails to your location and needs.

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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.

escrip petaluma mkt escrip olivers
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.


Heart Centered & Love Guided

We are committed to expressing love, trust, respect and integrity in our lives, work and organization. 


Everything Matters

Nothing is left out. We work to have every action and choice lead to the greatest positive impact.


Young People are the Future

Young People are intelligent, responsible, capable, creative and caring, and must be central participants in shaping our collective future.


The Universe has a Purpose

Everything is connected, and life continually invites us to experience gratitude, abundance, connection, community and healing. 

We create health for people, communities and the planet through love, 
healing food and empowering the next generation.