In March of 2016, Healing Meals Community Project opened its doors to serve the greater Hartford community. We are a nonprofit organization and one of 12 affiliates of Ceres Community Project, a 10 year old organization residing in Sonoma County, California. Our program is based on Ceres’ award winning model which has demonstrated positive impacts for clients as well as youth and adult volunteers.
Our mission is to serve healthy, 100 percent organic meals to clients and their families who are struggling with a health crisis. These meals are provided free of charge and delivered to the client’s doorstep by volunteer Delivery Angels. All of the meals are prepared by youth volunteers, ages 14-24, who are given the opportunity to learn how to cook and eat healthy food as well as understand the power of their food choices to build healthier communities and a healthier environment. Additionally, youth gain leadership skills and experience the joy and satisfaction of supporting a “neighbor” in need.
In 2016, Healing Meals provided 5,000 meals to 42 families in 14 towns throughout the greater Hartford area. We had 75 adult volunteers and 70 youth volunteers who provided 2,500 volunteer hours.
In 2017, we are focused on building long-term sustainability to insure we will be able to provide this service for many years to come. Additionally, we plan to serve 10,000 meals in 2017 and 15,000 meals in 2018 as well as to expand our reach in the Hartford and New Haven areas of Connecticut where the need is significant. Finally, we intend to increase our wellness education program for our youth and our greater community with monthly events, online resources and publications.
To learn more, please take a look at this 90-second video created for us by Alvaro de la Cruz: