May 26, 2018
 
Community Servings to Raise $10M; Gala Sets $735K Record

May 7, 2018 — Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition program that provides services to individuals and families in Massachusetts who are living with critical and chronic illnesses, today announced it has launched a $10 million capital campaign, its largest ever, just days after its gala raised a record-setting $735,000.

The Food is the Foundation Campaign, which has quietly raised $8 million during the last 15 months, aims to wrap up a year from this fall.

The funds will support a 31,000-square-foot food expansion at the Jamaica Plain headquarters of Community Servings, enabling it to triple its kitchen capacity and meet what it described as "a surge in demand" for the meals it delivers in 20 eastern Massachusetts cities and towns. A project groundbreaking ceremony is set for later this month.

“We have experienced a 40% increase in demand for our meal delivery program and the time on our wait list can last for several months – far too long for someone who is critically ill,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings. “With crucial financial support committed to date from generous benefactors, we have passed an important milestone and look forward to reaching our ultimate fundraising goal and expanding to serve more of our critically ill neighbors in need.”

The $21 million expansion project will be supported by $11 million in public financing, including New Market Tax Credits through a federal program that incentivizes community development and economic growth.

The campaign is led by co-chairs Ellen Zane, CEO emeritus and vice chair of the board of trustees of Tufts Medical Center, investor Peter Zane, and Merit McIntyre, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of New England.

“Community Servings is changing the way we feed the critically ill, with proven health outcomes and the potential for significant cost savings that are drawing the attention of health insurers and generating innovative partnerships,” said Ellen Zane. “The Food is the Foundation Campaign will enable the organization to replicate its program in other communities, elevating it to a national scale.”

Community Servings most recently held a campaign from 2004 through 2007 to raise $4 million for its current building. In 1996, it waged a $1 million campaign to support its previous site in Roxbury.

This year, the organization anticipates providing 560,000 meals to 1,850 individuals and their families.

Annual Gala Raises $735K, Setting a Record

Community Servings also recently announced that its LifeSavor gala raised $735,000 to provide made-from-scratch, medically tailored meals to homebound and critically ill neighbors, setting a record for the annual event.

Last year, the same event generated $720,000, which was then a record, and 31% more than the $550,000 raised the year before.

This year's gala, held April 26 at The Langham, Boston, drew more than 850 attendees and involved 90 area restaurants. The evening started with a cocktail party at The Langham before guests head to one of 90 restaurants for a multi-course meal, prepared especially for them.

Co-chairing the event were Jeff Bellows, vice president of corporate citizenship and public affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Garrett Harker, owner, Eastern Standard Kitchen + Drinks/Island Creek Oyster Bar; Rick Musiol, Jr., vice president, regional director, public affairs, New England, Citizens Bank; and Colleen Richards Powell, vice president and director of corporate citizenship and diversity, MFS Investment Management.

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