(pureed red beet soup with cashew cream heart)
On Feb 13, my first meal was delivered from Ceres Project who delivers free weekly meals for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses for three months. This profound kindness is only one of the important ways Ceres Project is improving the world and individual’s lives. They even take recipient’s dietary requirements into account (gluten-free, for example); and use whole, health-promoting, organic, seasonal food, sourced from local farms, farmer’s markets and Whole Foods Market; and teach teens, who prepare the food, how to cook delicious nutritious meals.
Even kindergarteners are involved by making inspiring cards for clients. Mine was from Max. Thank you, Max! It’s on our refrigerator and makes us all smile.
Cancer and it’s treatment is challenging for anyone as well as a person’s family so I wish I’d taken a picture of my brother’s face when the food arrived after we returned home after radiation and a walk. I didn’t know my three month period was beginning last night so – though bone tired – he was about to start dinner when the Ceres meal arrived.
My brother was even happier than me when this restaurant-quality meal arrived since it provided him with a much needed break from his daily grind of support while I am in treatment. Ceres’ care nourished all of us and my brother was able to relax and relish the yummy scents, appearance and taste rather than prepare yet another meal for a family in which two of us are disabled.
Valentine’s Day inspired the presentation of last night’s meal for one of the most loving valentines ever created. In addition to the pureed beet soup we received:
(arugula salad with watermelon radishes and blood orange dressing)
(heart-shaped turkey meatloaves with unsweetened tomato jam)
(sauteed red chard with blood oranges)
and as a special Valentine’s Day treat
(dairy- and gluten-free chocolate cranberry bread pudding sweetened with a touch of maple syrup)
Every bite was scrumptious! Our bodies were nourished with the healthiest of foods, our spirits raised and we were able to relax for the night, a rare and needed treat.
I hope people will consider supporting the Ceres Project since they make an enormous effort to benefit more lives than one can imagine. If you know someone in Sonoma or Marin who is being treated for cancer or another life-threatening illness, please let them know about Ceres Project. And hopefully people in other areas will be inspired to create similar services in their communities.
For more information, or to volunteer, or provide a tax-deductible donation to this remarkable organization:
Ceres Community Project of Marin
P.O. Box 151049
San Rafael, CA 94915-1049