Jamaica Plain-based Community Servings recently announced the election of four new members to its Board of Directors. Community Servings is a nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. The new board members are:
• Dr. Aretha Delight Davis, a physician, former attorney, and CEO of ACP Decisions, a nonprofit that helps families make informed health care decisions;
• David Farwell, an executive vice president at Citizens Bank overseeing commercial banking, including the restaurant finance practice;
• Mehrdad Noorani, a former Harvard University Advanced Leadership Fellow and founding partner of the independent investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners; and
• Malisa Schuyler, vice president of government affairs at Beth Israel Lahey Health, an integrated healthcare system expanding access to care throughout Eastern Massachusetts. “Each of these individuals brings a wealth of experience and an abundance of passion to our Board of Directors,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings. “They will play a critical role not only as we continue to expand our services but also as we tackle the many challenges that Community Servings and the people we support have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The new board members began their leadership roles with the Community Servings Board of Directors on July 1.
Jamaica Plain nonprofit Community Servings recently announced the appointment of Kevin Conner as Chief Operating Officer. Community Servings provides medically tailored meals and nutrition services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. In this newly resurrected and restructured role, Conner oversees the delivery department and all operations, including facilities, IT, and the Teaching Kitchen program that has been on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic and will relaunch with a social entrepreneurial element in 2021. Conner will also oversee COVID-19 safety measures to ensure that all staff, including those in the kitchen and making deliveries, are adequately equipped with PPE and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Conner joined the Community Servings team in 2012 as kitchen manager and later served as executive chef for five years.
Community Servings, a Jamaica Plain-based nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses, has appointed Devin Allston as Delivery Operations Manager. In this newly created role, Allston works closely with the kitchen team to ensure the timely delivery of healthy meals to clients across Massachusetts. Since March 1, the number of clients served by Community Servings has risen by 30 percent to 1,300, as medically tailored meal services continue to be integrated into new patient-centered models of care. The agency has also increased its meal production by 50 percent since the start of the pandemic. “Our organization has experienced tremendous growth this year, and we’re working to meet the increased need by investing in people with the right skills to help us deliver nutritious meals to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings.
Community Servings was one of 10 programs to receive a COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant from Alkermes. The special grant is focused on addressing pandemic-related needs of people living with addiction, serious mental illness, or cancer. More than 350 applications were submitted in May 2020 for this highly competitive program. Collectively, the programs receiving grants reach across Alkermes’ therapeutic focus areas and seek to serve populations that span ethnic, socio-economic, gender, and age spectrums, utilizing a variety of approaches targeted to the acute challenges presented by COVID-19, including: peer-support programs; innovative technologies, formats and channels to expand access to and reach of essential nonprofit programming; creative approaches to bolster crisis response; and provision of essentials such as food, housing, and career support. Alkermes is a biopharmaceutical company. “As stay-at-home orders took effect across the U.S., we reached out to understand how efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19 were impacting people living with addiction, serious mental illness, or cancer,” said Richard Pops, Chief Executive Officer of Alkermes.
Community Servings has reached a milestone in its mission of providing nourishing, scratch-made meals to people living in Massachusetts with critical and chronic illnesses, who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves: 9 million meals made. The Jamaica Plain-based nonprofit organization, founded in 1990, has experienced major growth over the past year as medically tailored meal services have been integrated into new patient-centered models of care, expanding the agency’s reach across the commonwealth. More recently, the COVID-19 outbreak has prompted a surge in need for healthy food sources among the most vulnerable in the community. “Community Servings has risen to the challenge presented by the pandemic by growing our client services, kitchen and meal delivery teams, and ramping up our scratch-made meal preparation by 40 percent to help feed hundreds of hungry neighbors in Boston each week,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings. “Our work – not only in response to COVID-19 but throughout our 30-year history – would not be possible without the many individual donors, corporations and private foundations that have supported us, along with help from public sector partners like the city of Boston.”
While the agency anticipated growing into its recently expanded, 31,000-square-foot Food Campus with a steady ramp-up over the next five years, Community Servings is now using all available cooking and packaging space to allow for workplace social distancing and to address the sharp increase in demand for meals.