Community Servings

Rating: 4.95 stars   19 reviews

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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  

Community Servings is an organization with a large heart of gold. Their service to the needs of people with life-threatening illness is amazing and their respect and treatment of their volunteers is incredible. You feel welcomed with open arms, the energy level in the kitchen is always high, you work hard but with a true feeling of group effort and the people in charge want you to truly feel "a part" of their world/environment. Could not think of a more positive volunteer experience. I volunteered for the first time over five years ago and am disappointed when my own life demands interfere with my ability to get back there on a regular basis.

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  

Community Servings provided a wonderful free informational workshop for the patrons at the Grove Hall Branch Library on December 1, 2011. This interactive workshop, called "Eating Healthy on a Budget," provided valuable and relevant nutritional information for those who attended. In today's difficult economy, being informed is crucial for people when it comes to providing their families with healthy and affordable meals. We want to thank Community Servings for this outstanding program and for their service to our community!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I`m a recent graduate of Community Servings. These are some of the best friends i`ll ever meet. Susan, Brad, Fred, Rosario, Mara, Milford, keisha, Alfredo, and the whole CS staff. I love you all. There are so many people who need this program. The word needs to be spread about the company, and the wonderful people who run it. Thanks for all your support and help sincerly, NathanielDix

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

There's no place I would rather be on a Saturday than in the Community Servings kitchen, helping to chop vegetables, package meals, ladle soup into containers, or assist with any of the other kitchen tasks that need to get done in order to make sure that Community Servings' 750 clients get fed that week. No matter what task I'm performing, I always feel useful and valued as a volunteer. More than that, though, I feel welcome. The people at Community Servings have become like a second family to me. There is such a feeling of positive energy and good will at CS, and I always leave there smiling. Not only am I doing something good for the community, but I feel like something good is being done for me. I cannot recommend this place enough!

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

seeing the difference that these meals make in the lives of their clients. It is so moving to hear stories of families who have really benefited from receiving these meals.

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

change nothing! This place is extremely efficient and well-run. No complaints.

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

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

I have made a ton of new friends - we're like a family now! We see each other outside of Community Servings all the time and have become a great support network.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Community Servings for many years and hands down they are the best non-profit around. The staff embraces volunteers and makes them feel like the are part of the organization's family. They are comsumate professionals and really take care to respect volunteer's time and talent and show great appreciation for all of the volunteer efforts. Community Serving provides a variety of opportunities from working in the kitchen, delivering meals, serving on event committees, etc. that anyone can find an activity that suits them.

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

seeing the number of clients served and communities expanded to over the past few years.

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

make it closer to my house so I could volunteer in the kitchen more often.

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Rating: 4 stars  

My girlfriend and I deliver meals one Saturday per month, with an extra week once in a while. We deliver to about 5-8 clients and have a very good time doing this. The clients are appreciative of the good food we bring, and the clients and ourselves enjoy seeing each other. We are very happy to assist and are left with good feelings each time.

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

Seeing that the clients look forward to receiving the food and interaction with the delivery drivers.

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

None that come to mind

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Rating: 5 stars  

There may be others that seek to do what Community Servings does but this organization has been doing it very professionally and with great care for its clients for nearly two decades now, extending its reach across the Greater Boston area increasingly each year.

Just $5 provides a snack, lunch and dinner for a critically ill client and that person's family. One need only visit Community Servings in Jamaica Plain, MA to see the care and skill they bring literally to the table. The volunteer cooks under the very talented Chef Brad Stevens do an outstanding job and the programs - Pie in the Sky and LifeSavor - engage the restaurant community from which this group originally was formed twice a year. Community Servings makes caring and serving easy! I have a northeast trade publication for the foodservice industry, Foodservice East, and try to support these efforts in as many ways possible to encourage operators to join in their efforts.

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

Hearing the many tales of people whose lives have been changed and improved by Community Servings

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

Find more people to volunteer!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My younger sister volunteered at Community Servings as part of a high school requirement. My mother also tagged along. For years I was hearing about how great CS was, so when I was looking for a new volunteer opportunity I decided to give it a try. I have been volunteering in the kitchen for almost two years. Milford "Great Chef" Jenkins is truly one of a kind and enhances everyone's volunteering experience. The staff is wonderful and everyone is so dedicated to CS and serving their clients. They are very flexible with regards to the amount of time and when you volunteer. A few months ago I became a Volunteer Ambassador so I can officially spread the word about how great CS is.

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

hearing a grateful client's story nearly brought me to tears. The client spoke about how much the meals meant to him, especially after a day of draining treatments.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

You will not find a more organized non-profit who can combine efficiency with sustainability, customer service, and empathy like Community Servings. There are a lot of non profits doing great work but Community Servings really comprehensively does its basic work flawlessly but then incorporates programming, scaling up, quality assurance, and quality improvement throughout its programs. They effectively use social media and are obviously integrated into the community. I am so impressed with the organization and their staff everytime I am there.

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

Seeing their scaling up efforts through their fundraisers and media outreach.

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

I wish they had the money to build other sites across the state to cut down on mileage and gas consumption.

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