Special Encore Presentation: Organic Meals for those with Life Threatening Illnesses – The Ceres Community Project
February 2, 2013
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore
In 2006, Cathryn Couch received a call from a friend, asking her if she could hire her teenaged daughter for the summer. That call set Cathryn on a path of teaching young people to cook, and providing nourishing, locally grown meals to people with a serious illness like cancer. With a seed grant from BFJ of Sonoma County, Ceres Community Project was launched. Five years later, the young gardeners and chefs have prepared over 110,000 meals for those with serious illnesses. Across the country, BFJ of Southwest Michigan gave a grant to help launch Fair Food Matters. Since 2002, FFM has been teaching thousands of diverse youth and adults every year, through school-based and community gardens, a commercial kitchen, farmers’ markets and dozens of food-related events and programs. Catch the passion of program mgr. Erica Barajas to bring equity and nourishment to Kalamazoo through food.
Bread for the Journey Radio
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Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place. Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected. These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived.
Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.
Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.
Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.