Teen Volunteer Coordinator, Teel Gordon (pictured on right) makes kale pesto with a teen chef-in-training
Volunteers and guests enjoyed Caring Kitchen's Six-Month Celebration Event in March 2018 at Parducci
Packaging meals for our clients is an organizational feat!
A delicious, wild-caught salmon meal for our clients
Caring Kitchen Project
Tarney Sheldon, Project Manager
April Cunningham, Kitchen Manager
The Caring Kitchen Project, a Ceres Community Project affiliate, provides nutritious meals delivered to the homes of families struggling with the challenges of cancer. The meals are prepared by volunteer teen chefs-in-training under the guidance of the Caring Kitchen Project’s chef, and draw from primarily plant-based recipes originally created by the Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol, CA.
The Caring Kitchen Project provides opportunities for youth to develop culinary skills, nutrition knowledge, and job readiness skills under the direction of a chef, and in collaboration with adult volunteer mentors. Cooking and sharing food creates and strengthens a sense of community, and the act of preparing and providing food to cancer survivors and their families empowers teen volunteers.
- Birdhouse Art Online Auction: Online Facebook bidding begins May 1st and bidding closes on May 8 at 3pm. Visit our Facebook Event to view the birdhouses, place a bid, and keep returning to make sure you're the winning bidder! All proceeds benefit the Caring Kitchen Project
- Human Race 5k Community Fundraiser: Between now and the 5k event on May 5th, the Caring Kitchen has openings on our team! Join staff from NCO and from Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, as well as individuals in the community, on the Caring Kitchen's Human Race team. Contact 707-462-1950 to ask how you can join in this fun event.
- Bonterra's "Rosé All May" will host the Caring Kitchen Project for a mini-fundraiser on May 19th from 12-4pm. We will be contributing to the event with an awesome raffle activity as well as our famous kale pesto for the pizzas and appetizers! Get your tickets today: Bonterra Organic Vineyards
- Northern California Women's Empowerment Summit: On Saturday, June 9th at the Little Lake Grange in Willits,Quantum Level Consulting will host the 1st Annual Northern California Women’s Empowerment Summit. This is an event of women coming together to celebrate the power of being a woman. Guests will be invited to rediscover their unique gifts and explore entrepreneurial, social, and communal opportunities with each other. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Caring Kitchen Project. Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite.
- Interested adults are welcome to attend an upcoming adult orientation. We're looking for a volunteers to fill a variety of roles such as Kitchen Mentor Chef, Delivery Angel, Fundraiser Extraordinaire, Marketing and Publicity, Garden Mentor, Database Support, and more. Please contact April Cunningham at email@example.com (or call 707-467-3212) for orientation dates and further information.
- We invite teens (ages 14-19) to complete our Teen Volunteer Application. After receiving your application, we'll contact you about upcoming pre-service workshops so that you'll be prepared to jump right into our kitchen meal preparation team. Please contact Teel Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call 707-467-3226) with any questions.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES OF THE CARING KITCHEN PROJECT
- Support the health and recovery of individuals undergoing cancer treatment and their families by providing organic, vegetable-rich meals designed for healing
- Train teen volunteers in nutrition, cooking, and job skills
- Develop a sense of empathy in the community’s youth
- Foster meaningful connections and a sense of community for all partners and participants
- Source from local, organic food producers
- Promote “Food as Medicine” in the broader community
Chronic diseases account for the four leading causes of death in Mendocino County, with cancer (including lung cancer) and heart disease causing over 50% of all deaths, followed by stroke and chronic lower respiratory diseases. Prevention is key, and experiencing healthier living through quality, vegetable-rich meals is just what the Caring Kitchen Project is all about.
The Caring Kitchen Project includes the following components:
- Offering a weekly delivery of four meals to cancer patients and their families in the Ukiah, Redwood Valley, and Willits area
- Training teen volunteers to prepare wholesome meals two afternoons per week
- Preparing nutritious meals with many ingredients sourced from local organic farmers and community members
- Utilizing a local commercial kitchen to prepare the meals, with teens and adult volunteers working side by side
- Delivering meals via “delivery angels,” volunteers who will pick up meals once a week from the kitchen and deliver them to clients
OUR PROJECT PARTNERS:
- North Coast Opportunities
- Mendocino County Cancer Resource Center
- Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA)
- Adventist Health Ukiah Valley
- Community volunteers
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