Ceres’ Marin project has been creating a healthy community around whole, sustainable food since the fall of 2010. They do it by bringing local teens into the kitchen, connecting them with healthy food knowledge and real cooking skills, and giving them a chance to learn and to give back to their larger community. They’ve prepared thousands of delicious, nourishing, free meals that sustain Marin families who are struggling with the challenges of serious illness such as cancer. Each week colorful meal bags are packed with these carefully crafted meals and delivered by caring volunteers to Marin client families.
Since April 2014, we have been located at the Community Action Marin kitchen in San Rafael’s Vineyard Business Park. On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons teens from Marin middle and high schools gather there to learn to build a healthy community around healthful food. They don Ceres’ green aprons or the chef coat they’ve earned, and under the direction of chef Trudy Schafer and volunteer adult chef mentors, they learn about the healing power of whole food and the value of a sustainable food system.
We are grateful to our supportive partners! Whole Foods Market donates food and provides meal bags, as well as supporting Ceres with a $1 donation from the sale of Ceres branded salads from the Deli case. Silk Road Teas, a San Rafael Company, has launched the Ceres Collection, a selection of premium organic teas that carry the Ceres message and help support our work with every purchase. Every week Gourmet Mushrooms donates beautiful mushrooms that add important nutrition to our clients’ meals.
Volunteers are the heart of our program. Teens between 13 and 19 learn cooking skills. Experienced cooks mentor youth in the kitchen. Delivery Angels pick up the finished meals every Thursday evening and take them to homes from Sausalito to Novato to nourish our neighbors and relieve some of the stress of a serious illness. Others pick up food donations, help prep containers and pack meal bags, as well as helping to raise funds to support the program and promoting Ceres' good work throughout the community.
If you, or someone you know, would like to join our volunteer effort – our youth team on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons, or to deliver meals once or twice a month on Thursdays – please let us know. You can contact on of our volunteer coordinators, or attend an upcoming Volunteer Orientation:
Ceres Marin continues to grow and invites you to attend an orientation to learn about the volunteer roles for teens and adults. This orientation will take place at:
The kitchen is located in The Vineyard office complex. It's along the Highway 101 Frontage Road between Freitas Parkway and Smith Ranch Road.
Thank you for your interest and support!
We are planning additional orientations, so please contact our teen or adult volunteer coordinator if you are interested in joining us!
Reservations are essential due to space limitations.
Kay Law, Adult Volunteer Coordinator, to reserve your space at 415-342-3242 or email email@example.com
Rebecca Schilling, Teen Program Coordinator, to reserve your space at 415-450-5251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
These are free programs – free to our youth, and the meals we deliver are both free and delicious. But it takes your support to make it possible. We welcome your tax deductible donations at our address below or donate online by clicking the button (to go to our PayPal page).
For information on how you can join our Healing Meals program, volunteer, support, donate, or simply learn more, contact us:
For general information, please contact:
To become a client, please contact:
To become an teen volunteer:
To become an adult volunteer:
For information on community relations, please contact:
Ceres Marin continues to grow and invites you to attend an orientation to learn about the volunteer roles for teens and adults.
Please join us for our annual Ceres Marin
which will help support our goal of delivering 17,000 meals to our Marin clients this year.
This fun family event will feature two great bands:
• San Marin Jam Band (led by one of our Marin teen chefs)
• Buck Nickels and Loose Change
Location: San Rafael Yacht Club
Beatles Tribute Band, The Sun Kings, will perform and be paying tribute to The Beatles' arrival in the U.S. at this 50th Anniversary concert.
The Sun Kings' ability to capture the vitality of the original music has gained them critical acclaim with Beatles purists and fans around the country.
Special guest, Michael Bluestein, keyboardist for Foreigner, will be performing and will also MC the event. As a client of Ceres Marin, Bluestein received healing meals before, during and after his treatment.
A picture ID must be presented with your ticket at the door.
Limited valet parking is available.
For additional information,
please contact Linda Dovbish at
415-488-5053 or at email@example.com