To say the Ceres Community Project has been a success is an understatement. With over 400 volunteers, Ceres has expanded from its origin at Sonoma County and launched similar programs in Marin and Alameda County, as well as Madison, Wisconsin and Eugene, Oregon. The program has even partnered with Whole Foods, selling specialty salads. Each salad sold provides the organization an additional dollar of funding.
Ceres’ clients are diverse and many come to the organization after recommendations from doctors or others in the program. Once on the program, individuals can receive up to 24 weeks of meals – all organic and delivered to their door. For most, these foods will be the first time they’ve eaten organic, whole-foods meals. Couch hopes that along with providing clients the meals they need, the program will teach healthier eating habits and the power of nutrient-rich food.
“The way we feed ourselves is fundamental to our well-being and connectedness to the world,” Couch says. “If we don’t know how to prepare our own food, we’re really pawns in a food system that, for the most part, doesn’t have our best interests at heart.”