Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Meet the Leaders of the Revive & Thrive Project

For some time now, the Directors here at the CoOp have been wanting to find a charitable organization to support.  When we met the leaders at the Revive & Thrive Project, we knew it was a perfect fit.  Their organization combines supporting sustainable local agriculture, educating local youth about healthy food, and the care of our community members afflicted with serious illness.   Below is their overview, and we encourage you to take a look.   They will have a booth near checkout this evening to answer questions and meet our members.  If you would like to learn more or get involved, please stop and say hello or check out their website at  
You are sure to be inspired by the work they are doing.

The Revive and Thrive Project is a 501(c)(3)organization and an affiliate partner of the Ceres 
Community Project in California, bringing the highly successful Healing Meals for Healthy 
Communities model to Grand Rapids. 

Mission: The Revive and Thrive Community 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 with 
nourishing and healing meals;

 providing teens with healthy eating skills and leadership 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.

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. Our four core areas include the following:

 Teen Leadership & Empowerment: Gardening and culinary programs empower teens with 
healthy eating skills. Our leadership program teaches valuable life skills while promoting 
the value of serving those in need.

 Healing Meals:  Providing families dealing with life threatening illnesses with free and 
delivered nutrient-rich meals, nutrition education and a community of support. We use 
whole, fresh and organic/chemical free foods to support healing and recovery.

 Nutrition Education: Educating our local community about the synergy of fresh, healthy 
foods, strong social networks, local sustainable agriculture, healing and wellness.

 Community Support: Providing an intergenerational and multicultural program to connect people to one another as a valued part of the community.

Impact Statement: To support health of the community by restoring the place of naturally 
produced, local, farm fresh foods at our table and promote the vital relationship of these 
foods to our health. Creating compassionate, caring connections is at the heart of our work. 
We wish to develop collaborative partnerships to strengthen the community while more 
efficiently utilizing community services.

Revive and Thrive Project Grand Rapids, MI   616-581-4103

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