Local Foods

Since joining Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood in 2007, Community Servings has become a source of local produce for our neighbors. At the same time, our community initiatives support our primary mission of feeding the critically ill, their caregivers and their children.

We are excited to contribute to such a vibrant community by:

Increasing access to healthy, local foods for our clients

Our Abundance Initiative has elevated our approach to nutrition care for the critically ill by increasing access to fresh produce and other local foods. Through partnerships with local farmers and purveyors, we receive fresh food that remains unsold or left in the fields. While we’re providing our clients with beautiful meals made with local produce, we’re also working to decrease food waste.


Last year, we received 55,000 pounds of donated produce from our generous partners: Community Harvest ProjectLovin’ SpoonfulsLand’s Sake Farm, The Food Project, Farmer Dave’sBoston Area Gleaners, Cranberry Cove Farm, and others.

Servings as a pick-up site for local produce

By purchasing weekly shares of a farm’s crop (Community Supported Agriculture), our neighbors are supporting local agriculture and reducing their carbon footprints. At the same time, our sick clients benefit because we receive 5% of the proceeds from the shares and all of the farmer’s surplus produce for our meals program.

Sign up for the CSA

Servings as a pick-up site for local fish

Our neighbors can pick up dayboat fish weekly provided by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association and Cape Ann Fresh Catch. Extra fish and shares that are not picked up are generously donated to help feed our critically ill clients.

Sign up for the CSF

Growing and maintaining an on-site herb garden

Our on-site herb garden is filled with a variety of herbs that our kitchen and job training program use regularly. This year we’ll plant thai and Italian basil, parsley, rosemary, and cilantro.

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