The Urban Grape’s mission is to create community, memories, and joy through the experience of beverage. One of the many ways in which we do this is through our Urban Community program.
Founded in 2016, Urban Community establishes month-long campaigns with non-profit organizations in the neighborhoods surrounding the South End, with the mission of expanding their outreach, awareness and fundraising efforts. We culminate our month of giving with an open invitation to a community wine tasting event in celebration of the organization. These meaningful partnerships between non-profit organizations, The Urban Grape, and other local businesses are our way of building something meaningful through which all of us can better the communities in which we live.
THIS MONTH’S PARTNER: Greater Boston Food Bank
Another month has come and gone, and UG’s Urban Community program continues to grow. We are proud to be strengthening the ties between our network of customers and at-risk Bostonians, one community-based organization at a time. And the network IS growing! Last month, 12 other South End businesses helped us collect books and donations for More Than Words. Time and again, South Enders get it done!
For the next two months, The Urban Grape is teaming up with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to raise awareness around the issue of food insecurity, especially during the summer months when children who depend on school-based meal programs are on summer break. While so many of us joyfully Instagram pictures of the freshest summer produce available, there are many in our community who do not know where their next meal will come from.
GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, they distributed 57.7 million pounds of nutritious food to people who struggle to have enough to eat. They are committed to increasing their food distribution to provide at least one meal a day to every person in need across Eastern Massachusetts while supporting healthy lives and communities. The Greater Boston Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.
For thousands of children who rely on their school’s breakfast and lunch for their meals, summer is no vacation. Families who rely on free and reduced-priced lunches during the school year struggle with the summer meal gap right at the time when donations to GBFB tend to slow.
Hungry kids across Eastern Massachusetts need even more help in the summer, which is why GBFB continues to distribute nutritious food to families in need throughout the summer via their mobile markets, health center produce distributions and even School-Based Pantries in Lawrence, Billerica, and Revere that will remain active throughout June, July, and August.
But, GBFB can’t do it without you. With your support, thousands of children and families can enjoy summer knowing they can count on the nutritious food provided by GBFB – and you.LEARN MORE
CHEERS TO COMMUNITY: THIS MONTH’S WINES
2016 Chateau Henri Bonnaud “Terre Promise” Saint-Victoire Rosé (Côtes de Provence, France) – $17
The “Terre Promise” is one of our best-selling rosé wines every summer. The delicately aromatic nose blossoms into beautiful fruit flavors on the palate. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, this wine shows a little spiciness on this finish. Delicious, well-balanced, and easy-drinking, this wine will never disappoint!
2014 Ulacia Getariako Txakolina (Basque Country, Spain) – $20
This best-selling summer sipper from Txakoli, Spain delights the senses with intense aromas of pineapple and citrus fruits. It’s brightly acidic and ethereally light-bodied on the palate, with a touch of spritziness. This wine was bottled young and fresh and should be enjoyed this summer!
You can help us support the important work of our partner by stopping by the store to purchase our “Cheers to Community” wines; 10% of the proceeds of these wines will be given to Greater Boston Food Bank at the end of the month.
Volunteer with Hadley at GBFB!
This August, Hadley is leading a volunteer group at The Greater Boston Food Bank! Join her to learn more about the work of GBFB, sort food, and meet some fellow UG customers. This experience is limited to 15 people, so please RSVP as soon as you can to Hadley. Volunteers will receive additional information about the sort in August.
Thursday, August 24th
9:30 am to 12 pm at the Greater Boston Food Bank
70 S Bay Avenue, Boston
BECOME A PARTNER
Want to partner with Urban Community? Contact us here!