The Ceres Project is set to move into its first fully dedicated Marin County space in Novato. Since 2010, the nonprofit has managed its Marin operations from shared commercial kitchen spaces with constrained hours, storage and equipment. Those constraints affected production capacity and youth engagement.
“We are so thrilled to be moving into this new kitchen in Novato that will give our team full access, seven days a week,” said Cathryn Couch, founder and CEO of the Ceres Project. “This means we’ll be able to add a fourth shift for youth volunteers, giving 30% more young people a chance to be involved. The kitchen will also enable Ceres to provide up to 50,000 more meals a year to community members in need.”
The new kitchen, previously used by Good Earth Natural Foods, will be upgraded to meet current code for commercial kitchens and will help relieve constraints at the Santa Rosa and Sebastopol sites. Ceres Project staff and volunteers provided design input into the new facility in an effort to optimize their specific workflows and needs. The space also includes an herb garden, which will be managed by teen chefs and volunteer Master Gardeners.
Once the move is complete, meal production will gradually scale up and allow service to underserved areas like West Marin. For more information, visit ceresproject.org.