Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who qualifies for Ceres’ Meal Programs?

Ceres provides prepared meals to individuals and families throughout Sonoma and Marin counties who are in crisis due to a serious illness such as cancer. Our two programs offer the same delivered bag of nourishing organic meals.

Our Healing Meals Program serves those:

• Living in Sonoma or Marin counties
• In treatment for cancer, hepatitis C or another acute health
    challenge
• Not receiving hospice care

Our Meals for Health Program serves those who meet these criteria:

• Experiencing a chronic (non-acute) health challenge
• New baby in your family
• Currently receiving hospice care
• Senior needing assistance with nourishing

 

2. How long can I receive the service?

The Client Team and you will decide when will be the most supportive time for you to receive the meal service depending on your situation. Because we are trying to support our clients making healing change in their diets, we provide a minimum of 4-8 weeks of service.

 

3. Who do I contact if I have questions or need to change something?

You will be paired with a volunteer liaison who will support you in your time on the program. You can contact that person or the Client Team with any issues at 707-829-5833.

 

4. How and when do I get my food?

We deliver a bag of prepared meals once a week. The Client Team will let you know when to expect delivery and it will be on the same day and time each week. Our volunteer Delivery Angels will bring the food to your home. If you have any special delivery requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask. We can leave food in a cooler or at a neighbor’s home, and if you are home, we’re also happy to come in and put it away for you.

 

5. What if I have special dietary needs?

We deal with a wide range of dietary needs including but not limited to: no wheat, no gluten, no dairy, no poultry/seafood, and no soy. We can accommodate many common dietary restrictions, and can offer our Plain and Simple meals if you have multiple restrictions or are in need of a very bland diet. When you talk with a member of our Client Team, they will gather this information so we can insure that the food you receive will be most supportive of your healing. If your appetite or needs change, just let your Client Liaison or Client Team know, and we will adjust your meals accordingly.

 

6. How much food will I receive each week?

Each week, we deliver a bag of freshly-prepared meals to your door. There will be enough for everyone in your family, unless we are cooking only for the person who is ill.

Each delivery consists of the following (per person):

• 4 complete entrees with side dishes, ready to be heated up
  and enjoyed – a combination of poultry, fish and vegetarian
  entrees.
• 1 pint of soup
• 1 pint of salad
• 1 healthy dessert

Click here to view sample menus.

We can accommodate special dietary needs such as vegetarian and gluten-free.

 

7. What kind of ingredients do you use?

Ceres is committed to using the freshest, most alive ingredients in all the foods we prepare. We want our meals to be beautiful, delicious and nutrient-rich. We choose foods that are the healthiest for you as well as the planet. All the food we use is organic, and much of it is locally raised or produced. The poultry is free-range and antibiotic free and the fish we use is wild-caught.

Everything is made from scratch and we follow the recommendation of many different experts in inluding American Institute of Cancer Research's recommendaiton that 2/3 of your diet be plant-based.

We include dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, dark orange vegetables, sea vegetables such as arame and kombu, and mushrooms such as shiitake, maitake and trumpet royale in some form each week. There is no white flour, sugar or processed food or additives in our meals.

 

8. How can I learn more about the food you prepare?

For more information about the foods we prepare, see the section on our website called Our Food Philosophy. We hold regular classes at Ceres. Please check out our Sonoma County Events and Marin County Events pages for information about upcoming classes.

 

9. How can people support Ceres Community Project?

If it’s comfortable for you, please let your friends and family know about the support you are receiving from Ceres, and encourage them to make donations to support our work. We rely primarily on individual donations for the work that we do. All donations made to Ceres are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Donations can be sent to Ceres Community Project, 7351 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Donations can also be made through our website. You or your friends and family can use the Donate button on the home page or throughout our website.

Planned Giving is another important way of supporting our work. Naming Ceres Community Project in your will is a simple way of insuring that others will be able to benefit from our services. Please let us know if you would like to discuss this with us. You can contact Scott McDougall at [email protected] or 707.829.5833 x130.

Often people will suggest that donations be made to Ceres Community Project in honor of someone they love, whether for a birthday or in memoriam. These gifts play a vital role in enabling us to serve our many clients.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Relations Manager at [email protected] or call 707.829.5833 x202.

Teens in the kitchen
Bowl of chopped veggies
food in containers
Bags of food
Delivery Angel
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