iCater is more than just a stream of earned income for Pine Street Inn. This social enterprise catering company was born out of the need to supplement the decline in government funding of Pine Street Inn’s job training programs.
Originally founded in 2000 as Abundant Table, it seized the opportunity to use excess kitchen capacity to advance Pine Street Inn’s social mission. At its beginning, Abundant Table focused on providing other local nonprofit organizations with bulk, family-style meals. As its clientele grew, so did its reputation. In 2009 the Massachusetts Provider’s Council bestowed Abundant Table with its Innovator of the Year Award. The next year it won the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2011, a new corporate catering line was launched alongside a new name: iCater