KQED: Ceres Community Project Brings Healing Food and Youth Empowerment to Alameda, March 31, 2016


And now, the group has expanded into the East Bay. In February, the Ceres Project opened up in Alameda, in conjunction with the Alameda Point Collaborative. (Much of the funding came from a $100,000 bequest earmarked for an East Bay site left by a Walnut Creek woman who passed away from breast cancer. Generally, their funding comes from a mix of individual, foundation and in-kind donations.) Teens from the Collaborative–a supportive housing community that offers housing and job training to formerly homeless families that have at least one adult with a permanent disability–cook healthy meals (chickpea pumpkin burgers with date chutney, baked salmon with wild rice) with produce from the one-site garden in an after-school program. Adult volunteers then deliver the meals to the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in Oakland, a nonprofit serving women with cancer and their families whose incomes are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.