On Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 13 volunteers from six Greater Boston Walmart stores chopped produce, ladled soups, packaged meals and washed dishes for Community Servings' home-bound and critically ill clients. With the help of volunteers, Community Servings, located in Jamaica Plain prepares 2,600 made-from-scratch meals each day -- preparing and delivering 675,000 medically-tailored meals to 2,000 individuals and families with critical and chronic illnesses. Ninety-four percent of clients (who range in age from three to 101) are living at or below the poverty level and would not be able to access the diets they need to manage their illnesses without Community Servings. The Walmart employees also presented Community Servings with a ceremonial check representing the Walmart Foundation's recent $25,000 grant to further the organization's work.
Citizens Bank recently announced its donation of $50,000 to Jamaica Plain non-profit Community Servings for 2017. The organization will use the funding to provide home-delivered meals and nutrition services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Their made-from-scratch, medically tailored meals meet the nutritional and medical needs of clients who are fighting illnesses like HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, and many others. Community Servings offers 15 medical diets, with up to three combinations per client, and delivers to 20 cities and towns in Massachusetts. This donation is part of $415,000 Citizens Bank has given across the state in support of Hunger Action Month to provide hunger relief, nutrition assistance, and help improve access to food for families.
As part of its annual Service Day, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts sent several volunteers to Jamaica Plain nonprofit Community Servings on September 20th, where they spent the day preparing and package healthy meals to distribute to critically ill patients. During this year's Service Day, 3,200 Blue Cross employees spent the day lending helping hands to 55 nonprofits in 33 towns across the Commonwealth, improving access to healthy living programming and initiatives by participating in service projects like harvesting fresh produce to donate to local food pantries and creating a new outdoor play space and raised garden beds for Boys & Girls Club members. In addition to volunteer support, each Service Day nonprofit partner received a $5,000 grant for materials to assist in their efforts. These grants, coupled with the 23,000 volunteer hours Blue Cross associates will contribute, brings the total 2017 community contribution on Service Day upwards of $1 million. Since Service Day’s inception in 2011, Blue Cross has made more than $6 million in community contributions on the annual volunteer day.
The REteamwork William Raveis Real Estate office of Jamaica Plain is supporting Community Servings in its Pie in the Sky annual bake sale by matching your donation to the bake sale. The price of each pie is $28, which will provide a week's worth of meals to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. As part of REteamwork's commitment to the organization, they will be matching up to 100 donations, said Randal Engelmann, team sales director for REteamwork. Click on the link here, pick a pie or two, and REteamwork will match the donation. According to Community Servings' website, the Jamaica Plain-based organization "is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses."
Jamaica Plain resident and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ (Blue Cross) Executive Vice President, Stephanie Lovell (far right), volunteers at Community Servings for Blue Cross’ 5th annual Service Day. Lovell, a Community Servings board member, worked with dozens of Blue Cross employees to prepare medically tailored meals for over 1,000 critically ill patients across Massachusetts.