Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who qualifies for the meal service?

Ceres Community Project provides food to individuals and families all over Sonoma County (click here for service in Marin County) who are in crisis due to a serious illness such as cancer. We offer two options ~

Free Meals – For up to 24 weeks clients receive a bag of prepared, nutrient-rich, organic meals delivered to their door. Everyone in the family will receive meals if desired. After the first 12 weeks on program, we ask that clients make a donation in the range of between $10-$50/week.

Low-cost Meals – For those families who have the means, we provide the same weekly delivery of prepared, nutrient-rich organic meals for everyone in the family, delivered to your door. Thanks to our many volunteers and the financial support of our donors, we can offer these meals at the reasonable rate of $65/person/week. This program is also called Meals for Health.

 

2. How long can I receive the service?

The Client Manager and you will decide when is the most supportive time for you to receive the meal service depending on your treatment and situation. Both meal program option have a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 24 weeks. There is the option of continuing to receive Low-cost meals for longer if there is room in that arm of the program.

Free Meals – You are eligible for meals for 12 weeks completely free of charge. At the end of first 12 weeks, we ask that you make a donation towards the cost of your meals for up to an additional 12 weeks. The sliding scale is $10-$50 per person per week.

Low-cost Meals – This is available for 24 weeks at $65/person/week. Low-cost meals are also open on a space-available basis to clients who have completed 24 weeks of Free Meals service.

 

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

When you become a client, you will be paired with a Volunteer Client Liaison. He or she will set up an in-person home visit with you to review your needs and the services that we offer. Your Client Liaison will be in touch with you weekly during the entire time that you are receiving food. If you need to change something about the food you are receiving or about the actual delivery, your Client Liaison is the one to contact.

 

4. How and when do I get my food?

We deliver a bag of prepared meals once a week. All you have to do is heat them up. Delivery day is either Wednesday early evening or Thursday or Friday morning depending on where you live in the County. Our 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 our Client Manager, she 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 know and we will adjust your meals accordingly.

 

6. How much food will I receive each week?

We prepare four complete dinners each week – one with poultry, one with fish and the rest vegetarian – along with a soup, a hearty salad and a dessert. You will receive at least three of the dinners each week depending on your dietary restrictions.

There will be enough for everyone in your household unless we are cooking only for the person who is ill. Of course, all the food will be organic, including any poultry products.

Your weekly delivery will also include any supplemental foods that you order, such as our Immune Broth, and often there will be additional items such as a bag of salad greens, depending on the donations we’ve received that week.

 

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 all our meals to be beautiful, delicious and nutrient-rich. We choose foods that are the healthiest for the client 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 primarily wild-caught.

Everything is made from scratch and we follow the American Institute of Cancer Research’s recommendation 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. To find out more about our “Ceres Extras”, see the section entitled “Ceres Extras”. We hold regular classes at Ceres. Please check out the Educational Programs page 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. Please see the Donations page.

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.
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 x102.

 

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