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Healthy Meals for Healthy Communities

Healthy Meals for Healthy Communities, Ceres Community Project’s core program, builds healthy communities by restoring fresh, whole and organic food to its place as the foundation of health, and by connecting people in heart-centered ways to themselves, others and the earth. Key facets of our approach include the following: (1) supporting individuals dealing with serious illness with free, delivered and nutrient-rich prepared meals, nutrition education, and a community of caring; (2) involving teens as volunteer gardeners and chefs, giving them direct, hands-on experience on the difference that fresh, healthy foods and community make, and of their own capacity to contribute, while building life skills and workforce readiness; (3) educating the broader community, including health professionals, about the connection between fresh, healthy food, strong social networks, healing and wellness; and (4) connecting people of all ages and from all walks of life to one another, and to their value as an integral part of the community.

Accepted to the Portfolio: November 2014

Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Clients will receive weekly support
  • Clients increase their fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Clients report an increased knowledge of nutrition
  • Clients reduce their fast food and processed food consumption
  • Clients report a favorable weight change
  • Clients feel cared for and less isolated
  • Clients report an improved quality of life

Long Term Outcomes

  • Clients have better long-term health outcomes
  • Clients are more actively involved in their community through stronger social connections

Target Population

Demographics

  • Adult (25 - 60)
  • Older Adult (60+)

Service Area

County-wide:

  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)



    Program Implementers

    The following organizations implement this program locally:

    Ceres

     Ceres Community Project

    Program Funders

    Many thanks to the following funders for making this program possible.

    Local Funders

    • Community Foundation Sonoma County
    • Ernest L. & Ruth W. Finley Foundation
    • The Kimball Foundation
    • Work Horse Organic Agriculture

    Other Funders

    • Bank of America
    • California Department of Food and Agriculture
    • UNFI Foundation
    • Whole Foods Market