If you've ever had a baby, you know how great it is to have someone else make you a meal. Even if it is just bringing lunch when they stop by! I love it when individuals (friends, family, neighbors) take the initiative on their own to drop a meal by. It is especially nice when someone takes the initiative to organize meals. This doesn't stop with new moms and dads. This is probably even more important when someone is dealing with severe illness or has a child in the hospital. What about if a mom breaks her arm! How hard is it for her to cook- even breakfast or sandwiches for lunch.
Many people want to help but don't know when you want a meal or what you like to eat. How can you help? Organize!
1. Ask the recipient if they would like meals. Almost always you'll hear a yes.
2. Find out if there are any allergies or food preferences in the house. If they don't eat pork or are vegan it's important to find out!
3. Find out when they'd like meals, and what time a day they'd like them delivered.
4. Compile a list of their friends/family that may possibly like to help.
5. Organize your information. Be specific about location, drop-off time, and food preferences and restrictions. It is also a good idea to remind people that they are just dropping off a meal at the door. New parents and people who are too busy to make a meal for themselves would love to chat but just not at this time. I've also heard it mentioned that you should let people know not to expect a thank you note in return since the new mom is busy!
6. Sign people up! You can do this a few ways. The phone is always great but if you have a long list you may want to skip to email. A mass email will work, but you might end up with a lot of people responding asking to bring a meal on the same day. Thankfully there are a couple different free online tools you can use now. MealBaby or Care Calendar should help you with organizing so there is less work for you.
This simple task can bless someone in a very real way. Have you enjoyed meals from people before? Any advice for meal organizers?