Member Profile: Community Servings

Model Member
Jamaica Plain, MA

Community Servings’ Teaching Kitchen is located within the agency’s state-of-the-art nutrition center in Jamaica Plain. The Teaching Kitchen is a 12-week food service job-training program focused on those with barriers to employment, including the previously incarcerated and those that are struggling with poverty, malnourishment, and hunger themselves.

 

 

“Learning from other Catalyst Kitchens members has been a real asset in our program development. We have recently joined two of the Catalyst Kitchen Working Groups and we are very excited about these rich peer learning opportunities with other innovators around the country” 

– Amanda Marsden, Communications Manager

 

For more information about Community Servings visit

http://www.servings.org

 

Established: 2008
 
Mission: Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts and in Rhode Island to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. 
 
Trainee Population: Homeless, Low Income, Re-Entry

The Teaching Kitchen is a 12-week job-training program for people interested in careers in the food service industry who face barriers to full-time employment. As they learn food preparation and cooking techniques, trainees work alongside our culinary team to help us prepare the meals we deliver to our clients each day, giving their job-training experience purpose and connecting them to the communities in which they live.
 

 
Social Enterprises: Contract Meals, Childcare/School Meals

This year, Community Servings will provide 560,000 meals to 1,850 critically ill individuals and their families. These meals are made from scratch and medically tailored, meeting the medical and nutritional needs of clients with HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney disease, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses. This fall, Community Servings will be celebrating the delivery of the 7.5 millionth meal in their 27-year history. "We wouldn’t be reaching this remarkable milestone without the generous support of the community and our job training program participants, who play a big role in our ability to prepare medically tailored meals for our vulnerable, critically ill neighbors."