Pie in the Sky 2014 : Community Servings Expands to Worcester
We're excited to announce that Community Servings has expanded to serve Worcester and started delivering nutritious meals to homebound individuals battling illness in the city. We made our first deliveries last week on Tuesday, September 25.
“It can be extremely difficult for individuals to cook for themselves and their families while battling severe illness, and oftentimes the ability to have access to nutritious meals is the difference between remaining at home with family and entering a hospital” said David Waters, CEO.
Community Servings is the only organization in New England that specializes in the home delivery of medically tailored, culturally appropriate meals to those battling critical and chronic illness. Each day, Community Servings' staff and volunteers prepare, package and deliver lunch, dinner and a snack for 775 individuals and families across 215 square miles throughout Massachusetts.
“Hunger remains a serious issue both locally and nationally and often we forget about the toll that devastating illness has on individuals’ efforts to provide food for themselves and their families,” said Congressman Jim McGovern, who serves as co-chair of both the Congressional Hunger Center and the Hunger Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Community Servings fulfills a vital need in helping individuals who are battling severe illness have access to quality, nutritious meals. Our ability to effectively combat hunger requires the cooperative efforts of all of us, and I’m pleased to welcome Community Servings to Worcester.”
Data in Worcester illustrates the need for additional meal services for the sick. Cancer was the number one cause of premature death in Worcester individuals under the age of 75 in 2008. Worcester is also above the state average in diabetes rates with more than eight percent of the population battling the disease. More than 18 percent of the city also currently lives below the poverty line, compared to 10 percent statewide.
“As we analyzed the data it was clear that there was a critical need for meal delivery services for those battling illness in Worcester,” said Waters. “The last thing individuals who are sick want to worry about is how they are going to feed themselves and their families, and our meals program is designed to provide hope and comfort during this critical time. We want to let residents, social services agencies and medical providers know that we are here and ready to help.”
To apply, clients must submit a completed intake packet, including a medical certification form completed by their doctor or nurse. Once paperwork has been submitted, Community Servings may contact the client, their doctor or case manager directly to complete the most accurate eligibility assessment. Application information can be found here.
About Community Servings: Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, MS and Lou Gehrig’s disease. We provide our 1300 clients, their dependent families, and caregivers with appealing, nutritious lunch, dinner & a snack each day and send the message to those in greatest need that someone cares. Our goals are to help our clients maintain their health and dignity and preserve the integrity of their families through free, culturally appropriate, home-delivered meals, nutrition education, and other community programs.