Community Servings

Rating: 4.95 stars   19 reviews

Issues:

Location: 18 Marbury Terrace Jamaica Plain MA 02130 USA

Mission: We are a food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to 1,300 individuals and families per year living with critical and chronic illnesses. We give our clients, their dependent families, and caregivers appealing, nutritious meals, and send the message to those in greatest need that someone cares.
Results: In 2012 we provided 395,000 free, nutritionally tailored meals to sick individuals.
Target demographics: We provide free, home-style meals for 1,300 individuals a year who are affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, MS or another life threatening illness. 95% of our clients are below the poverty level.
Geographic areas served: 18 different communities throughout Massachusetts.
Programs: Meal Program for the Critically Ill: We deliver 395,000 free, home-style meals to 1,300 people per year, who are too sick to cook for themselves or their families. Currently caring for clients with 35 different life-threatening illnesses, 95% of whom live at or below the poverty level. Nutrition Education: Our nutrition education and counseling program builds upon our expertise in nutrition therapy to provide support to clients and community members struggling with critical as well as chronic illnesses. Food Service Job Training:The Teaching Kitchen offers a 12-week food service job-training program, focused on those with barriers to employment. Volunteer: As one of the largest volunteer programs in the area, we welcome 1,500 volunteers per month who work in our kitchen and deliver meals. Local Foods Program: We are committed to using fresh, local ingredients in our kitchen, and aim to support and collaborate with local farmers, fishermen and food producers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot overstate how much I love visiting with and doing volunteer work at Community Servings! Going the day after tomorrow, in fact. I volunteer in the kitchen several times a year (I live fairly far away so I can't do it more often, sadly) and have also completed a holiday basket for the last 9 years, as well. Every time we volunteer, I'm struck again by the depth of love and caring that this organization pours into the community. Sometimes I even get a little teary, thinking of all of the folks for whom good nutrition is such a key element in their battles against terrible diseases- and how good it must feel to have someone who cares and helps. That a group cares enough to feed our neighbors and friends in our communities around Boston is a true testament that there is still much good in the world and many good people. All of the employees and staff of Community Servings are so wonderful to work with as well, especially Milton, aka Great Chef Pierre, who I have been seeing in the kitchen for the last 10 years or so. We always talk about his family and he's such a character and a nice person, to boot! Three cheers for Community Servings!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The number of people to whom this wonderful organization "delivers" is immense. From the critically ill it delivers meals and caring to every single day, to the people they deliver hope and opportunity to through that thing called "work", to the volunteers to whom it delivers fulfillment and to its employees through whom it delivers its mission, Community Servings is an invaluable organization to the communities it serves. The place is pure magic! Ken D.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thank you for your review Ken! We could not be as successful if it weren't for dedicated volunteers like you!

Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I started doing deliveries for Community Servings about a year ago and we absolutely love it! The staff are all so welcoming and just all around warm people. We truly look forward to seeing them for our shifts. Community Servings is an incredible organization that is very well run and organized and has many great programs and volunteer opportunities, I'm honored to be a part of it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thank you for your review! We are honored to have you as a volunteer!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is an awesome place to volunteer. People from all backgrounds help out at the kitchen, but everyone definitely acts as one family. I always feel welcomed. I work sometimes on the weekdays, but mainly on Saturdays. It is one of the only few things that can get me out of my bed on Sat mornings. I help in the front and back kitchen, either prepping food for the chefs or packaging food to be delivered. If you are looking for an easy going place with positive atmosphere, dedication to food and serving the community and those in need, and try something different, definitely go to Community Servings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of income generating activities. For example, offering professional cooking classes and selling any additional meals to local grocers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Many new skills, many new friends.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Community Servings is an amazing organization. When I first moved to Boston, I came in a couple times to volunteer and almost immediately the staff there took me in like family! The staff are warm, generous, kind people who are truly passionate about providing the best quality services to their clients and community. The kitchen staff, especially the "Great Chef" Milford and Manager Tony, have always taken the time to teach me about the kitchen and share a quick laugh. The staff have created a positive and comforting environment that always puts a smile on my face. Generally, I have helped prepare and package meals as well as volunteered with special fundraising events. This year I was able to participate in their fundraiser Pie In the Sky. I was able to help prepare pies that would be used in the fundraiser- best experience to date! Overall, I am impressed by how "lean" the organization is (90 cents for every dollar goes to services for clients) and how they are able to deliver to such a wide area (from Lawrence to Brockton.) I have and will continue to encourage others to volunteer (especially on Saturdays!) because every experience I have had with Community Servings has been fun and fulfilling.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's no wonder so many people enjoy volunteering at Community Servings. This organization is well run, and does an incredible job making all their volunteers feel welcome. Volunteers come in as strangers and quickly become friends. The staff and fellow volunteers at Community Servings actually make the work fun! The mere fact that many people have being volunteering at Community Servings for years is a reflection of how great it is.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Saturday volunteer for approximately 4 years now. I am part of a regular contingent of volunteers who have dubbed themselves the "Slice and Dice Crew" We show up every Saturday we can to help prepare the hundreds of meals that are delivered on a daily basis. Everyone from administration to kitchen staff is dedicated to the mission of the organization. There is never a Saturday where I show up where there is not much to do. Milford Jenkins otherwise known as "The Great Chef" should be given much recognition for the ongoing an continued draw and dedication of the vounteers. I think many of us return because of the respect and love we have for Chef. The kitchen is a well oiled machine where everything that needs to get done always done and everyone feels appreciated. We also are confident that the dollars we donate go directly to the clients and not to pad someones salary!I have particiapted in the Pie in the Sky Fundraiser for the past 3 years selling pies at Thanksgiving one of the organizations major fundraisers. Everyone always likes pie and .97 cents on the dollar goes directly to he client and everyone likes to hear that! Finally, one expereince for me sums it all. It was a usual Saturday of food prep. We were finished with our jobs and sat down at lunch. Chef weekly has us all introduce ourselves and say why we are ther. We were going around the room when a woman replied I am here to say thank you. You were there for me when my husband passed and I will always be grateful. What else can I say?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see first hand all the meals prepared and delivered to the hundreds of clients.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

There is nothing to improve upon. I always feel well-utilized and welcome.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Huge impact - new kitchen skills and I have a whole new family!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I continue to return every Saturday....awesome!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Community Servings is a great place to volunteer. The organization does amazing things for those in need. In terms of the actual volunteer experience, everyone involved is very friendly and welcoming. It is a tight knit group of people that are interested in the well being of others around them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Saturday Volunteer for Community Servings. Great Chef Milford greets every volunteer with a smile and makes everyone feel welcomed. During the fall, I was a pie seller for the annual Pie in the Sky Campaign. Ana Leon, Development Associate was well organized and provided me with detailed instructions. As a job seeker and volunteer, Community Servings provides me a professional environment where I can help those who are less fortunate then me.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I absolutely love my Community Servings family! Everyone is super warm and arrive ready to serve through chopping, cleaning, packing etc even on cold Saturday mornings. I am so blessed to be a part of this family.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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