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Meal Train Makes Helping Easier | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

Meal Train Makes Helping Easier

What’s the first thing I think of when someone in a friend’s family gets sick, dies, or has a baby?

What are they going to eat?

I’ve organized, helped, and been the beneficiary of meals brought to my home during a crisis. Until you’ve received them, you’ve no idea how helpful they are.

My challenge when I help is what to fix that will taste good, be nutritious, and be fun to eat; when kids are in a crisis, it’s nice if they can get excited about something on the menu.

Last night, I was at a meeting and learned of  Meal Train, a free program which can help.

If I organized a series of meals for someone now, I would sign up for a Meal Train account. With my account, I would set up an invitation only private group for my set of meals. I would designate which days the family will need meals and can also list family food allergies, their favorite meals, drop off information, their address and phone number,

Then I would invite families to help provide the meals – by email and Facebook. They could log onto our Meal Train, see what times are available, select a time that works for their schedule and post what they are bringing. This avoids the hazard of 5 consecutive spaghetti meals.

Meal Train sends email reminders to those who volunteer to send meals. They also offer a bulletin board where those participating can chat with each other. The Meal Train Facebook Page offers suggestions to help plan and organize meals for your friends..

When I received meals after surgery 2 years ago, they were a total blessing. Knowing that my friends were helping me make sure my family was well fed helped me focus on my most important job at the time: taking care of myself and recovering.

How wonderful to know Meal Train will make this easier next time I organize them.

4 Responses to “Meal Train Makes Helping Easier”

  1. Jennifer Hollander February 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Mary — I love this resource!!! Thanks for sharing. It is so ORGANIZED!! ;)

  2. Michael February 19, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Hi Mary, thanks for the post and for sharing the site with your readers. I am glad you found us and I hope we will be a helpful in your community. What type of meeting was it where you learned about mealTrain?

    Thanks again,

  3. Mary Biever February 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    Jennifer, it looks wonderful!

    Michael, I was visiting a meeting of Extension Homemakers in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. When they discussed organizing meals for a mom who had a baby, one mom said we had to use Meal Train.

    Having organized meals for years, I was immediately intrigued and loved your site so much I wrote the blog.

    Thanks for creating such a wonderful site. You’ve won a new brand advocate!

  4. Brenda Hughes February 20, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Mary,
    Thanks for sharing this is great I know of a couple of people that would benefit from this right now.
    Appreciate you:)

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