Ceres supports 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. All of the meals are prepared by youth ages 14 and up who volunteer in Ceres’ ¾-acre food production garden and three commercial kitchen sites in Marin and Sonoma Counties.
FISH received a $15,000 grant for its Rental Assistance program. Sandy Piotter explained that, with rising property values in Sonoma Valley, it takes more money every year to keep people in their homes, and that 75% of people who qualify for rental assistance don’t receive it. In January alone, FISH received 53 calls for rental assistance as families were hit hard by the wet, cold winter. In the first two months of 2017 they paid $40,000 in rent checks to keep 64 families intact in safe, dry housing.