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Sep 12, 2016

Increased need for Rosie's Place's Food Programs

Rosie
Rosie's Place Garden Committee

We at Rosie’s Place are so grateful for your support of our Food Programs through GlobalGiving!

Serving thousands of nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and offering assistance with groceries—the Food Programs at Rosie’s Place are longstanding and vital nutritional and financial supplements for our guests. Our Dining Room serves a tasty and nourishing meal—365 days a year—to 300 women and their children each day. Specifically,

From July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

  • 20,653 weekday breakfasts were served.
  • 8,869 weekend brunches were served.
  • 39,237 lunches were served.
  • 34,925 dinners were served
  • A remarkable 74% of these lunches and dinners were catered by volunteer groups.
  • This is a total of 103,684 nutritious meals served, up 3% from last year.

When poor women are able to afford food—nutritional value is usually overridden by cost. Healthy choices are often more expensive. We’re proud to report that almost every single one of the meals we serve in our Dining Room includes: 1 serving of fruit, 2 servings of vegetables, is high in fiber and low in both sodium and fat.

From July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016
99% of the all meals served contained 1 serving of fruit.
98% of the lunches and dinners contained 2 servings of vegetables.
99% of the lunches and dinners contained foods containing at least 12 grams of fiber.
96% of the breakfasts had foods containing at least 3 grams of fiber.
97% of the meals contained the recommended daily requirement of sodium, less than 2,300mg. daily, or 1 tablespoon.
97% of the meals contained the USDA recommendation of less than 10% of the calories per meal from saturated fatty acids, and less than 35% of calories per meal from fat.

Because many of our guests work during our Dining Room’s meal times and/or have families who are hungry too, we offer Rosie’s Place Groceries, our food pantry. Here again, we make every effort to provide healthy and fresh food to our guests as well as nutritional recipes and fact sheets. Through this program, guests are invited to “shop” among our shelves, choosing foods that their families prefer and enjoy.

From July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, Rosie’s Place Groceries:

  • Welcomed 22,760 visits (up 1,384 from last year). This is an average of 1,897 visits per month. In total, there were 6,398 unique guests—2,087 of whom were new, and 1,420 of whom were over the age of 65.
  • 60% of all canned goods were low in sodium.
  • All nutritional recipes and factsheets were provided in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian/Creole, and Mandarin.

Farm Initiative
Through our Farm Initiative, Rosie’s Place partners with local farms to help place fresh fruits and vegetables onto the plates served in the Dining Room and onto the shelves of our choice Food Pantry. This produce is all too often a luxury for our guests and the only fresh fruit or vegetables they will have. This year, we have more partners than ever before and we anticipate receiving more than $30,000 worth of donated fresh produce.

Community Garden
Our Self-Advocacy program spearheads an on-site community garden at Rosie’s Place. Planted and maintained by a group of guests, the harvest is shared with other guests through the Dining Room and the pantry. Please see below for a link to a recent newsletter article about this very rewarding project.

The need for Rosie’s Place’s services continues to increase and expand. With the closing of Boston’s Long Island Shelter last year, which displaced the more than 700 residents of the island, as well as the drain on the city's resources that followed, Rosie's Place remains a bustling hub for poor and homeless women in need. As we have for over 40 years, Rosie's Place will continue to endure and evolve to meet the ever-evolving needs of our guests. We have always known that there is not one face of poverty, and of course, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Consequently, we are constantly self-evaluating and expanding to better meet the changing needs of our guests.

The Rosie’s Place community is so grateful to have a friend like you. Your support has meant that instead of going hungry and going without—thousands of poor and homeless women and their children were well-fed and didn’t have to worry about where there next meal was coming from. Thank you for your continued generosity.

And as a reminder, Wednesday, September 22nd is GlobalGiving’s Time-Release Bonus Day. You’ll have the opportunity to double your impact as GlobalGiving will provide a 30% match on donations received on this day. Matching funds will be released at 6:00 am EDT and 12:00 pm EDT. Thanks so much for your continued support! 

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Jun 14, 2016

Your impact through Rosie's Place's Food Programs

Thank you so much for your support of Rosie’s Place’s Food Programs. Thanks to generous friends like you, we are providing meals and groceries to more women and children in need, than ever before. Our welcoming Dining Room serves a tasty and nourishing meal—365 days a year—to about 300 women and their children each day. This year, Rosie’s Place’s Dining Room anticipates serving more than 100,000 nutritionally balanced meals.

From January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016:

  • 5,161 breakfasts were served
  • 11,540 brunches/lunches were served.
  • 8,461 dinners were served.
  • A special meal was also served to our guests on Rosie’s Place’s 42nd anniversary.
  • This is a total of 25,163 meals served.

At Rosie’s Place we are proud to serve our guests not only hearty meals, but healthy meals which meet our high nutritional standards. 

From January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016:

100% of meals served included 1 serving of fruit
99% of lunches and dinners served included 2 servings of vegetables
99% of lunches and dinners served contained at least 12 grams of fiber
96% of meals served included the recommended sodium content
96% of meals served included the recommended fat and calorie content
96% of breakfasts served included foods containing at least 3 grams of fiber.

Because many of our guests work during our Dining Room’s meal times and/or have families who are hungry too, we offer Rosie’s Place Groceries. Here again, we make every effort to provide healthy and fresh food to our guests as well as nutritional recipes and fact sheets.

From January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016:

Our Groceries program provided 5,563 women and their households, with two bags (20 to 30 pounds) of groceries. This is a 22% increase from this quarter last year. Of these guests, 502 women or 9% were first-time users.

Now in its fifth year, the Fresh Food Initiative has been an extremely successful effort to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into the meals we serve. Rosie’s Place has partnered with a number of local farms throughout the growing season to donate fresh produce for our guests to enjoy. The items are picked up on a weekly basis by a group of dedicated volunteers or are delivered directly to Rosie’s Place by the farm. 

Our Dining Room serves salad and soup at every meal and both are made with fresh vegetables, as opposed to canned. This donated produce is also included in meals as appetizers and/or side dishes. In addition, the fruits and vegetables are offered in our Groceries program. It is very often, the only fresh produce our guests and their families bring into their homes. 

We invite you take a few minutes to watch the following video featuring Rosie’s Place’s own garden, started and run by the women we serve. You will see how, like the plants and vegetables, our guests are also growing–transforming their lives in positive ways every day. 

Rosie's Place garden video

Thank you for supporting our critical Food Programs. Your generosity allows us to nourish and help thousands of poor and homeless women and their children who count on us each year. Rosie’s Place is grateful for friends like you and we know that our work will continue because of your support. And as a reminder, this Wednesday, June 15th is GlobalGiving’s second Pro-Rated Bonus day of the year. You’ll have the opportunity to double your impact as GlobalGiving will match donations received on this day up to a pro-rated percent.

Mar 16, 2016

Your support of Rosie's Place makes a difference.

Thank you for believing in Rosie’s Place and for helping us give sustenance and hope to the poor and homeless women and children we serve. Because of your generous support of our vital Food Programs, we are able to serve more than 100,000 healthy and hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners to poor women and their children each year. We invite you to watch the video below to see the impact of your generosity.

At Rosie’s Place, we understand that providing for our guests’ basic needs is critical. But we also know that it’s just as important to offer hope for the future. In addition to our Food Programs, we are identifying housing solutions, offering job counseling, providing opportunities for education, and going out into the community to bring our array of services to the poor women unable to walk through our doors. All these efforts help ensure a brighter, more stable tomorrow for our guests.

We’re able to do this and more with the help of so many, including you. Thank you for trusting in us to make a difference in the lives of poor and homeless women, and for joining us in the effort.

We hope we can count on your support once again on March 16, 2016—GlobalGiving’s first Pro-Rated Bonus day of the year. You'll have the opportunity to double your impact as GlobalGiving will match donations received on this day at a pro-rated percent. As Rosie’s Place is entirely privately funded, you can be assured that contributions from caring friends like you will make an enormous difference. When you give on the 16th, your donation will go twice as far. Thank you!

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