Community Servings Breaks Ground on $21M Food Campus in JP with Mayor Walsh

Community Servings, a nonprofit provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses, broke ground on May 30 on an expansion project in Jamaica Plain that will broaden its caring mission and its leadership role in furthering the power of food as medicine. The $21 million “Food Campus,” now under construction on the site of Community Servings’ headquarters in Jamaica Plain, consists of a three-story addition and kitchen expansion in the existing space. The 31,000-square-foot project will enable the organization to triple the production of medically tailored meals to meet increasing demand, double the capacity for daily volunteers, and double the number of food service job training graduates. “We are extremely excited about our project, especially with how the new building’s design will open up our organization to the community like never before,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings. “Tall windows will afford views of the dynamic work of our daily volunteers, while new classrooms will provide ample space for nutrition education and job training for our neighbors.

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JP’s Community Servings: Mission for Medically Tailored Meals Raises Record $735,000

The 26th Annual LifeSavor Gala to benefit Jamaica Plain's Community Servings nonprofit raised a whopping $735,000 to provide made-from-scratch, medically tailored meals to homebound and critically ill neighbors. The gala was held on April 26 at The Langham Hotel and drew more than 850 guests and involved 90-plus area restaurants. Please visit servings.org for more info about Community Servings. Click here for more articles about Community Servings on Jamaica Plain News.  

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Community Servings Gets $25K Walmart Foundation Grant; Plus a Helping Hand From Walmart Volunteers

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.

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Citizens Bank Donates $50,000 to Community Servings

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.

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Community Servings Gets Helping Hand From Blue Cross Employees

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.

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