Sep 17, 2020

Major Accomplishments

COVID-19 Crisis Response

As an “Essential Services Provider” Community Servings is working on the frontlines. In order to address the crisis across the community, we are seeking additional funding for the following purposes:

  • Increase kitchen capacity to produce 16,000 meals per week to reach more high-risk/high-need populations.

  • Increase home-delivery of 10 meals per week with the goal of serving 1,600 food-insecure, severely ill, immune- suppressed clients per day.

  • In partnership with the City of Boston, expand our feeding program during the height of the pandemic to produce 2,500 meals per week for include food-insecure and high-risk Boston residents, providing our microwave- ready, scratch-made meals for partner agencies able to pick them up from our kitchens in Jamaica Plain.

  • Increase purchasing of emergency food supplies.

  • Assemble and ship thousands of medically tailored shelf- stable food boxes to ensure clients have reserves of food in the event of disruptions in delivery.

  • Shift our business operations, which relied heavily on 50- 75 volunteers per day, to a fully paid staff to limit the risk of exposure and streamline operations. This will require hiring up to 14 new kitchen and delivery staff, drawing from laid-off restaurant and food vendor workers.

  • Increase safety and sanitation of our building and delivery vans, including institution of a “no-contact” delivery method.

  • Invest in additional equipment and technology to ensure staff that need to be home due to childcare and/or preexisting health conditions can work remotely.

My pantry is more stocked up than it’s been in a long time. I now feel safe and prepared during this challenging time. Thank you, Community Servings, for everything you do! ~Community Servings Client

Stocking up on food is always hard for me. In addition to my meals, I am so grateful for the extra boxes of food that you sent me. Thank you!” ~Community Servings Client

 

 

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May 18, 2020

Major Accomplishments

COVID-19 Crisis Response

As an “Essential Services Provider” Community Servings is working on the frontlines. In order to address the crisis across the community, we are seeking additional funding for the following purposes:

  • Increase kitchen capacity to produce 16,000 meals per week to reach more high-risk/high-need populations.

  • Increase home-delivery of 10 meals per week with the goal of serving 1,600 food-insecure, severely ill, immune- suppressed clients per day.

  • In partnership with the City of Boston, expand our feeding program during the height of the pandemic to produce 2,500 meals per week for include food-insecure and high-risk Boston residents, providing our microwave- ready, scratch-made meals for partner agencies able to pick them up from our kitchens in Jamaica Plain.

  • Increase purchasing of emergency food supplies.

  • Assemble and ship thousands of medically tailored shelf- stable food boxes to ensure clients have reserves of food in the event of disruptions in delivery.

  • Shift our business operations, which relied heavily on 50- 75 volunteers per day, to a fully paid staff to limit the risk of exposure and streamline operations. This will require hiring up to 14 new kitchen and delivery staff, drawing from laid-off restaurant and food vendor workers.

  • Increase safety and sanitation of our building and delivery vans, including institution of a “no-contact” delivery method.

  • Invest in additional equipment and technology to ensure staff that need to be home due to childcare and/or preexisting health conditions can work remotely.

My pantry is more stocked up than it’s been in a long time. I now feel safe and prepared during this challenging time. Thank you, Community Servings, for everything you do!~Community Servings Client

Stocking up on food is always hard for me. In addition to my meals, I am so grateful for the extra boxes of food that you sent me. Thank you!” ~Community Servings Client

 

 

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Dec 16, 2019

Major Accomplishments

Major Activities and Accomplishments

Over the past year, we provided 549,729 medically tailored meals to 2,012 clients, their dependent children and caregivers who were affected by critical and chronic illnesses such as cancer, renal disease, HIV and multiple sclerosis. Of those served, 94% were living in poverty, more than 40% were families, and 62% were from communities of color. These clients received 15 different medical diets, customized in a variety of combinations to meet their medical and nutritional needs.

Notably, our most recent research study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Evidence for Action program, was published in April in JAMA – Internal Medicine. This study provides strong new evidence linking medically tailored meal interventions to improved health outcomes and lower medical costs for high-need, high-cost patients. This groundbreaking study is the largest and most rigorous evaluation of medically tailored meals, to date. 

Additional Activities and Accomplishments

Nutrition Education & Counseling

  • We provided 4,771 hours of nutrition education and counseling to more than 2,000 individuals through on and off-site classes, monthly newsletters, workshops/presentations, phone counseling, and nutrition assessments/reassessments. 

 “Food Is Medicine” Food & Health Policy Initiative

  • In partnership with Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, we launched the nation's first Food is Medicine State Plan, which explores the need for and access to Food is Medicine interventions and sets forth policy recommendations to advance access for intrastate interventions. As part of the project’s two-year planning and information gathering process, we conducted 11 listening sessions across the state.

Volunteer Program

  • Over the past year, 8,000 volunteers have contributed almost 52,000 hours, helping us prepare, package and deliver our meals. 

Local Foods Program

  • Through our Local Foods program, we integrated 120,000 pounds of fresh local produce from ten area farms and sources into our medically tailored meals. This includes donated surplus produce and purchased local foods products.

 Teaching Kitchen Food-Service Job Training Program

  • Over the past year, we enrolled 34 trainees in one of four, 12-week job training sessions. All of our job trainees are low-income with multiple major barriers to employment such as criminal records and homelessness.
  • Eighty percent (80%) of graduates have found meaningful employment in our community, and the majority (75%) retained their job for 30+ days.

Looking Ahead

  • We are on track to complete this project by November 2019, and a ribbon-cutting event is planned for December 17th.
    • Joining us for this important occasion will be Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker as well as other key dignitaries.
  • We will continue to fundraise for the capital project until the ribbon-cutting event.
  • In addition to construction and fundraising, we just finalized a five-year strategic plan to articulate our goals for our “Food Campus” and prepare for significant programmatic growth in the new building.

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