Our home-delivered meals are available to eligible individuals living with a life-threatening illness and unable to shop or cook for themselves. Life-threatening illnesses include, but are not restricted to, HIV/AIDS, cancer, renal illnesses, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease. Eligibility is based on:
- the extent of the illness;
- the client's mobility; and
- any factors that make it difficult for the client to shop and cook for themselves.
In order to determine eligibility, clients must submit a completed intake packet, including a medical certification form completed by their doctor or nurse. Once paperwork has been submitted, we may contact the client, their doctor or case manager directly for further clarification in order to make the best eligibility assessment.
Our goal is to be there for our clients when they need us the most. Clients can receive our meals for as long as needed and may go on and off our service as their medical needs change, much like a prescription. Each year clients must be medically certified in order to remain eligible for our meals.
- Community Servings delivers to 20 cities and towns across 300 square miles of Massachusetts.
- Our clients range in age from 1 to 102 years old, with the average age of 51.
- 49% of our clients are female, 51% are male, and <1% are transgender.
- Low income is not a requirement to receive our meals, but 92% of our clients are living in poverty.
- 62% of our clients are from racial/ethnic minorities
- 72% of our clients have multiple diagnoses