Community Servings was founded in 1989 by a diverse coalition of AIDS activists, faith groups, and community organizations to provide home-delivered meals to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Over the past 24 years, Community Servings has evolved from a small neighborhood meals program delivering a hot dinner to 30 individuals struggling with HIV/AIDS to a regional program serving nutritionally tailored meals and providing nutrition education to thousands of people per year across Massachusetts -- all of whom are unable to shop or cook for themselves due to a critical illness. 

As we celebrate 24 years in operation this year, we have served over 5.5 million free meals to the critically ill since 1990, helping those from Bostons most disenfranchised communities fight hunger and illness. In June 2004, after a successful pilot project, we expanded our mission beyond the HIV/AIDS community and now serve as an emergency feeding program to the acutely ill, their dependents, and caregivers, regardless of illness.

Today, we serve clients in 18 cities and towns who are battling more than 35 different types of illnesses, including breast and other cancers, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, Parkinsons Disease, liver and kidney disease, hepatitis, and lupus. Ninety-two percent of our clients live in poverty. A transformative moment in our history came in June 2007, when we moved to a state-of-the-art nutrition facility in Jamaica Plain. This enabled us to significantly increase meal capacity to now produce 2,500 meals per day, improve food quality, engage greater numbers of volunteers, expand nutrition services including on-site nutrition classes, offer a food-service job-training program and diversify our funding revenues through a social enterprise.

 

Recognition

Nationally, we have received the respect of colleagues in our field and public recognition for our work. 

In May of 2009, Community Servings was honored with the prestigious Innovation Award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network presented by Governor

Deval Patrick.In 2007, Community Servings received the Congressional Hunger Award for our outstanding success in addressing issues of hunger and nutrition.

 

Most recently, Community Servings was awarded a coveted four-star rating for our efficient and effective business model for providing nutrition services to the critically ill by Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator