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Causes: AIDS, Food, Health, In-Home Assistance, Nutrition

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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