Our vision is to support individual health and the health of the community by providing valuable opportunities that will positively influence dietary and eating behaviors through experiential and nutrition education programs centered on healing foods. The foundation of health is centered on whole foods that promote health while supporting local sustainable agriculture, community partners and local businesses.
The Revive and Thrive Project combines the power of healing meals with the heart of community service to support a vibrant food system, promote the benefits of healthier eating and empower the leaders of tomorrow. We pursue this by:
- Supporting individuals and their families struggling with serious illness (such as cancer) by providing nourishing and healing meals;
- Providing teens with culinary skill development while activating their efforts in service to others;
- Connecting individuals, local food growers, educators and healthcare communities to promote a more sustainable local food system.
- Providing a multi-generational and multi-cultural program to connect people of all ages and from all walks of life to one another, and to their value as an integral part of the community.
Healing Meals for Healthy Communities Model
The innovative and evidence-based Healing Meals for Healthy Communities model employs strong social networks centered on healing foods, experiential service learning, and holistic nutrition education programs. It endeavors to restore the place of naturally produced, local, farm fresh foods at our table and develop the vital relationship of these foods to our health. The four tenets of the model include:
Supporting households who are dealing with serious illness with free, in-home delivered nutrient-rich meals, nutrition education, and a community of support.
Youth are a vital part of our community. Culinary programs empower teens through leadership and skill development while also allowing them to experience the relationship between food, health, and the power of serving and nurturing those in need.
Educating our local community about the synergy of fresh, healthy, organic food, strong social networks, local sustainable agriculture, healing and wellness.
Providing an intergenerational and multicultural program to connect people from all walks of life to one another as an integral part of the community.
We bring teenagers and clients together in a way that benefits both in more ways than can be observed.
Teenagers often make their own food choices yet face several barriers in achieving healthy food habits. Teens who are involved with cooking and nutritional education discover that healthy food can be nourishing, tasty and easy to prepare, while also learning about the powerful relationship between food and health. The Revive and Thrive model of service elevates teens from learners to nurturing leaders; a position that provides leadership lessons and esteem building experiences that can benefit all aspects of their life.
No experience is necessary to join our Teen Chef program. We meet at our Heartside kitchen on Wednesday after school to prepare the meals for our clients from 3:30 - 6:30pm. So that we can plan for our families in need, We request a minimum of a 12 week volunteer commitment. Space is limited so contact us to check availability.
Nourishing meals during the treatment of life-threatening illnesses can make a vital difference to patients. They can easily become malnourished as a result of treatment. This in turn can increase to side effects, reduce the effectiveness of treatment, and lengthen recovery time. Those facing life threatening illnesses will receive delicious, nutrient rich meals at no charge for themselves and their family. These delivered meals provide vital nourishment when every bite counts. This significantly relieves stress on the entire family and caregivers from the daily responsibilities of preparing meals, educates clients and their families about healthy food choices and promotes positive eating behaviors.
Healing Meals: Our meals are prepared with whole foods that are fresh, organic (whenever possible), seasonal and local to insure that the freshest and most nutrient rich whole food is available for our clients. We embrace the American Institute of Cancer Research’s healthy plate format, with 2/3 of the plate consisting of plant-based whole foods. Each person receives 4 entrees (two vegetarian and two with meat), 1 quart of soup, hearty salad, mixed greens salad and a healthy dessert each week. The client will also receive 1 quart of immune broth each week.
Behind The Scenes
Photos provided by Ceres Community Project and Tess Odegard