RRV Community Support - Ceres Community Project
Updated: Sep 21
Advancing the mission of Ceres Community Project
Ceres Community Project supports primarily low-income people struggling because of a serious health challenge by providing free and low-cost, home-delivered, nourishing organic meals, nutrition education and the caring support of the community. Research shows healthy meal support is a low-cost “upstream” investment that significantly improves health outcomes and lowers health care costs. Our program reduces social isolation and leads to significant long-term changes in eating habits – which means healthier people and fewer illnesses in the future.
All the meals Ceres provides are prepared by youth ages 14 and up who volunteer in our ¾ acre food production garden and three commercial kitchen sites in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Ceres’ expert mentors give teens the opportunity to learn to cook and eat for health, gain the skills to be successful at school and work, develop leadership, become change-makers in their community, and discover the joy of giving back. The average youth works at Ceres for a year and many for much longer.
Two youth serve as voting members on our board of directors and all of our youth are authentically engaged in planning and decision-making throughout our organization..
How the Fundraiser Works
Russian River Vineyards has designated three of its premium wines to act as a fundraising vehicle for the Ceres Project: The 2018 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc, the 2016 Stony Point Pinot Noir, and the Wedge Family Vineyard Rosé of Petite Sirah. Each of these wines has been given a special product designation within the RRV e-commerce platform, so anyone wishing to donate to Ceres can buy those select products. And when people buy those products, 100% of the revenue is donated to Ceres.