There have been times in my life when friends, family and my church have coordinated meals for my family. When both my sons were born, we had freezers full of food. In fact, a while ago, I shared with you the recipe for the Spiced Bake Chicken that one of my best friends brought us when my oldest was born. Two years ago, when my mom had a heart attack with an extremely long recovery, again, we were given many meals. I know how important these meals are, and I was incredibly grateful to those who provided them.
This morning, I received in a message my friend Brynn who is coordinating meal delivering to friends of ours at church who just had a baby. She told me to go to Take Them a Meal and sign up for a day. I went over to the website and thought, “This is absolutely brilliant.”
So brilliant, in fact, that I had to tell you about it, because I know many of you love to cook for others and probably participate in meal deliveries frequently. Take Them a Meal is a site that allows users to “create a customized online sign-up sheet to include phone numbers, driving directions, food allergies and more that makes it easy for friends and family to take meals to those in need.”
The website is free to users, and it takes only about five minutes to set up a sign-up sheet. Once a sign-up sheet has been created, invitations can be sent via email to anyone who is interested in taking a meal. The site even sends email reminders to those who have signed up so they don’t forget what they’ve promised to do.
Those receiving the meals can also take a look at the list to see who brought what and when they brought it. It makes for a handy list for thank-you notes, too.
The site was founded when Scott Rogers and Adina Bailey, friends of a woman who had collapsed suddenly, took on the task of coordinating meals for her family. After the phone rang off the hook day and night from people who wanted to help, they created TakeThemaMeal.com to eliminate the need for all those overwhelming phone calls.
Think about how useful this site would be to a family that has had something unexpected happen and has had multiple calls asking what kind of help they need. By setting up a sign-up list on Take Them A Meal, everything can be easily coordinated.
Have you had any experience with this brilliant Take Them A Meal website?