I feel like I may quite possibly be one of the last people to have heard of this, but regardless I am so glad to have discovered it and to share it will all of you.
We all have had friends and family that have had life events and/or circumstances that have left us feeling like we want to help them in some way. For many, just having a meal made for them is a huge help and often is profoundly welcomed.
Recently, some dear friends of ours had their third child and I was happy to set-up and participate in a Meal Train for them. In fact their meal is cooking away in my crock pot as we speak! You can utilize this wonderful resource for anyone for just about any reason under the sun. I have included some of the basic details below, but definitely check it out for yourself. It is very user-friendly and allows you to even enter special dietary needs and/or instructions for participants. I especially like the reminders that it sends to those that sign-up to make a meal. I received my reminders which helped plan to pick up ingredients that I needed. Plus, it’s FREE!
Create a Meal Calendar for:
|Arrival of a new baby||Welcoming a new neighbor|
A meal train is the act of organizing meal giving around significant life events.
But what does this really mean?
When a friend is in need, everyone says “What can I do to help out?” The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a meal train.
Think about it like this,
Friends going through a difficult or challenging time due to a birth, surgery, illness, etc., could use some help. Willing friends, neighbors, colleagues, and congregation members would love to meet this need, if they only knew what to do. An organized meal train gives them a way to show they care by cooking and taking a meal to a friend or family member.
But why should I use mealTrain.com?
To help eliminate the confusion related to meal giving. No longer are questions like; What do they like? When are they available? What have they already had? left unanswered. Providing each giver this information helps simplify the process so they can focus on supporting others with meals.
SAMPLE MEAL TRAIN