Food Heals

By Amanda Brancato

Student Food Rescue (SFR) was founded by a group of BU students in 1988 who collected food from local Boston suppliers and delivered it to those in need. Today, SFR has donated over 500,000 pounds of food and has expanded to prepare meals directly with community partners such as Community Servings.

Located in Jamaica Plain, Community Servings prepares and delivers 9,600 meals each week to individuals and families who are homebound and living with critical and chronic illnesses. Their meals are made-from-scratch and medically tailored to meet the nutritional and medical needs of clients fighting illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and cancer. They also offer nutritional care, education, and meal delivery programs for their clients.

Volunteers are at the core of Community Servings; they rely on volunteers to help prep and package meals in the kitchen.

“I like getting to work with all the volunteers. It’s a really hands-on place; you can really see all the care that goes into it,” said Emma Rylander, SFR volunteer on Thursday’s food run to Community Servings.

Community Servings provides high-quality specialized diets to those who may not be able to afford nutritional care or treatment during the course of their illness. Receiving individually-tailored meals can be expensive and difficult to find, but Community Servings is helping to make nutrition accessible to all.

“I just realized how integral specialized diets are for people with certain health concerns, and I never thought about how difficult it may be get those foods without access to a place like Community Servings,” Rylander said.

Community Servings provides clients with quality meals prepared by dedicated volunteers while supporting their nutritional care free of cost.

Looking to work with Community Servings? SFR has openings!

  • Monday 12pm to 2:30pm
  • Thursday 11am to 2:30pm (2 spots left)
  • Friday 12pm to 2:30pm (driver needed)

Contact Tiffany and Taylor at sfr@bu.edu for more information, or visit our website!

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