True Comfort Food

What impressed us (and warmed our hearts) about Community Servings is that they make nutritious, home-cooked meals for people with serious illnesses and their families—while also fueling the greater good. Community Servings makes all of their meals from scratch using local produce and herbs, tailoring each meal to a specific patient’s needs so that it provides important nutrients recommended by his or her doctor. For a family facing a terminal or serious health crisis, these meals offer a sense of comfort and care from the community. Another way this charity is innovative is in who helps serve the meals. Community Servings offers job training to folks transitioning from prison or rehab. While learning kitchen skills and resume building, they’re also gaining a purpose that will help sustain them as they shift back into society. CEO David Waters brought his 30+ years of food service experience to the organization. This year, Community Servings will provide more than 675,000 meals to 2,000 patients and their families.

Community Servings

Nutritious Meals for Those In Need

True Comfort Food

What impressed us (and warmed our hearts) about Community Servings is that they make nutritious, home-cooked meals for people with serious illnesses and their families—while also fueling the greater good. Community Servings makes all of their meals from scratch using local produce and herbs, tailoring each meal to a specific patient’s needs so that it provides important nutrients recommended by his or her doctor. For a family facing a terminal or serious health crisis, these meals offer a sense of comfort and care from the community. Another way this charity is innovative is in who helps serve the meals. Community Servings offers job training to folks transitioning from prison or rehab. While learning kitchen skills and resume building, they’re also gaining a purpose that will help sustain them as they shift back into society. CEO David Waters brought his 30+ years of food service experience to the organization. This year, Community Servings will provide more than 675,000 meals to 2,000 patients and their families.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • David
    David

    Hi everyone, my name is David Waters, CEO of Community Servings. We're thrilled to present you our organization and the work we're doing. We thank you for your support and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 3:56 PM

    What do you hope people take away from the work you're doing at Community Servings?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    11/21/2017 4:00 PM

    When you get a diagnosis of a critical illness, it can be difficult to know how to change your diet to best manage your illness. For our clients, they might also be struggling financially, or not able to get to/from a grocery store and prepare healthy meals. Community Servings is more than a hunger relief organization in that we prepare and deliver made-from-scratch meals that are medically tailored to meet the medical and nutritional needs of our clients.

    Our meals are almost like a prescription, specialized for each individual. Our chefs and registered dietitians work together to ensure our meals are nutritious, but also comforting and familiar. Many of our clients’ illnesses affect their appetite, so we want to make sure we’re giving them meals that are colorful, flavorful, and reminiscent of what their mother or grandmother would have made when they were young.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 3:56 PM

    You started with Community Servings as a volunteer before becoming CEO, what about that volunteer experience do you believe best prepared you for your role as CEO?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    11/21/2017 4:01 PM

    I came from the restaurant industry and understood the importance of hospitality and realized the role that food plays in our lives – from providing nourishment to building community. I also knew how to feed a lot of people and bring people together to break bread – those things are very much at the core of what we do at Community Servings.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 3:57 PM

    What are some elements of Community Servings you point to as key moments of change or growth? And what elements were there at the start that you still consider essential?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    11/21/2017 4:01 PM

    In 2004, the agency’s mission expanded from serving individuals with HIV/AIDS to any critical or chronic illness. We saw that there was a significant unmet need of people with devastating illnesses who were scared and alone, and we felt we were best suited to care for them. We also continuously look for ways to leverage our kitchen to feed even more people. We saw a lot of food going to waste at farmers markets – food that was slightly blemished and therefore went unsold. So we started partnering with local farms to receive their “farm seconds” or “ugly produce” to not only reduce food waste, but also increase access of healthy, local foods for our clients and essentially feed more people. We receive 57,000 pounds of donated produce each year from local farms and food rescue organizations and turn that local, in-season produce into beautiful, healthy meals for our clients.

    From the beginning, we realized that if you only provide meals for a sick parent, they’re going to give those meals to their children. So we made the decision to not just provide healthy, nutritious meals to the critically ill individual but to the whole family. Families receive 50% of our meals and we’ve found that by feeding the client, a caregiver, and children, it reduces stress during a time that our client should be focusing on their health and well-being.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Community Servings

Nutritious Meals for Those In Need

True Comfort Food

What impressed us (and warmed our hearts) about Community Servings is that they make nutritious, home-cooked meals for people with serious illnesses and their families—while also fueling the greater good.

Community Servings makes all of their meals from scratch using local produce and herbs, tailoring each meal to a specific
patient’s needs so that it provides important nutrients recommended by his or her doctor. For a family facing a terminal or serious health crisis, these meals offer a sense of comfort and care from the community.

Another way this charity is innovative is in who helps serve the meals. Community Servings offers job training to folks transitioning from prison or rehab. While learning kitchen skills and resume building, they’re also gaining a purpose that will help sustain them as they shift back into society.

CEO David Waters brought his 30+ years of food service experience to the organization. This year, Community Servings will provide more than 675,000 meals to 2,000 patients and their families.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • David
    David

    Hi everyone, my name is David Waters, CEO of Community Servings. We're thrilled to present you our organization and the work we're doing. We thank you for your support and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 3:56 PM

    What do you hope people take away from the work you're doing at Community Servings?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    11/21/2017 4:00 PM

    When you get a diagnosis of a critical illness, it can be difficult to know how to change your diet to best manage your illness. For our clients, they might also be struggling financially, or not able to get to/from a grocery store and prepare healthy meals. Community Servings is more than a hunger relief organization in that we prepare and deliver made-from-scratch meals that are medically tailored to meet the medical and nutritional needs of our clients.

    Our meals are almost like a prescription, specialized for each individual. Our chefs and registered dietitians work together to ensure our meals are nutritious, but also comforting and familiar. Many of our clients’ illnesses affect their appetite, so we want to make sure we’re giving them meals that are colorful, flavorful, and reminiscent of what their mother or grandmother would have made when they were young.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 3:56 PM

    You started with Community Servings as a volunteer before becoming CEO, what about that volunteer experience do you believe best prepared you for your role as CEO?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    11/21/2017 4:01 PM

    I came from the restaurant industry and understood the importance of hospitality and realized the role that food plays in our lives – from providing nourishment to building community. I also knew how to feed a lot of people and bring people together to break bread – those things are very much at the core of what we do at Community Servings.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 3:57 PM

    What are some elements of Community Servings you point to as key moments of change or growth? And what elements were there at the start that you still consider essential?

  • David
    David – Special Guest
    11/21/2017 4:01 PM

    In 2004, the agency’s mission expanded from serving individuals with HIV/AIDS to any critical or chronic illness. We saw that there was a significant unmet need of people with devastating illnesses who were scared and alone, and we felt we were best suited to care for them. We also continuously look for ways to leverage our kitchen to feed even more people. We saw a lot of food going to waste at farmers markets – food that was slightly blemished and therefore went unsold. So we started partnering with local farms to receive their “farm seconds” or “ugly produce” to not only reduce food waste, but also increase access of healthy, local foods for our clients and essentially feed more people. We receive 57,000 pounds of donated produce each year from local farms and food rescue organizations and turn that local, in-season produce into beautiful, healthy meals for our clients.

    From the beginning, we realized that if you only provide meals for a sick parent, they’re going to give those meals to their children. So we made the decision to not just provide healthy, nutritious meals to the critically ill individual but to the whole family. Families receive 50% of our meals and we’ve found that by feeding the client, a caregiver, and children, it reduces stress during a time that our client should be focusing on their health and well-being.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.