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October 2014

Upcoming Events
Pie in the Sky Kickoff Party - Tuesday, October 21 

Food as Medicine Symposium - Thursday, October 30

Holiday Baskets - More details coming soon.

Job Opportunities



Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all Pie Sellers! Sign-up to sell pies and recruit friends!


Thanksgiving and Holiday Meal Delivery - Stay tuned for sign-up details.


Become a Holiday Basket Maker! More details coming soon.


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Support the CS Kitchen by purchasing supplies from our Amazon Wishlist. 


Thank You!

To Blue Cross Blue Shield for participating in our peel-a-thon as part of their Day of Service and for their grant of $5,000 in support of our Food and Nutrition Program. Check out our Facebook album to view photos from the day.

To Tufts Health Plan Foundation for their $25,000 grant in support of our Food and Nutrition Program.

To the following corporations and foundations for their support of our Nutrition Education Programs:

To The Vela Foundation for their $25,000 grant in support of our Nutrition Ambassador Program

To Novartis for their $10,000 grant in support of our "Eating for Health" Diabetes Education Program

Delivering Care to 
Breast Cancer Clients



Most of us are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, we don't typically associate breast cancer with hunger in the community.

When Gloria was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, shortly after 
losing her job as a social worker, Community Servings' meals were a blessing for her.

"Financially, the meals supplemented my income. I also needed the meals to maintain my overall health during treatments. I was so weak from radiation and chemotherapy that even taking food out of the bags was difficult," said Gloria. 

Often times our clients struggling with breast cancer are too sick to access and prepare healthy meals, or lack the financial resources necessary to afford healthy food. More than half of our breast cancer clients live below the poverty level.


Last year Community Servings delivered over 30,500 meals throughout Massachusetts to homebound women with breast cancer, their children, and caregivers. Every day in our kitchen, we create high-quality, medically-tailored meals that meet the special dietary needs of our critically ill neighbors. In fact, 69% of our clients with breast cancer receive a modified, "special diet" due to a secondary illness or dietary restriction.


We also provide "care packages" that contain foods and beverages that are easy to eat, which are helpful to have nearby when clients are feeling too nauseous or weak to sit down for a meal. They provide calories and fluids to help the client keep up their strength and maintain hydration when they're not feeling well enough to have a meal. 

Components of a Care Package:

Instant Soup Packets
100% Apple Juice
Plain Instant Oatmeal

Black Tea
Green Tea

The meals we provide to those struggling with breast cancer can assure better health outcomes, independence, and an improved quality of life.


As Gloria said, "I am working to regain my independence. For this reason, in January of 2014, I decided to stop receiving my meal service. The meals were wonderful when I needed them. The whole agency touches our lives in a way that no one can explain, except us." 


Celebrate Food Day at our 
"Food as Medicine" Symposium

On Thursday, October 30, in honor of Food Day, join Community Servings and the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School at the 

2nd annual "Food as Medicine" Symposium to learn more about the important role of food in our national healthcare debate. 



Panelists include
David B. Waters - CEO, Community Servings
 Robert Greenwald - Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School
 Kim Prendergast - RD, MPP, Consultant for the National Diabetes Initiative at Feeding America
 Deborah Wexler - MD, Co-Director, Mass. General Hospital Diabetes Center


Corby Kummer - Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Food Critic, Boston Magazine


October 30, 2014
6pm - 8pm

Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Caspersen Center
1585 Massachusetts Ave (corner of Mass Ave and Everett Street)
Cambridge, MA 02138

RSVP to the event by contacting Jean Terranova at jterranova@servings.org or 617.522.7777

Learn more about Food Day

Help us serve even more sick and 
hungry neighbors 

Become a Monthly Meal Maker and join a dedicated group of donors who make convenient, automated monthly gifts to Community Servings.
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Community Servings - 18 Marbury Terrace - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130
617-522-7777 - www.servings.org

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