This post was written about why a meal train is the best way to help a friend. from my point of view. Please don’t be offended if you are going through something and you need more help.
I know I put things out there, but I’m a pretty private person. Or I just don’t want to share everything going on with my family since I’m a resource for families.
If you didn’t know I’ve been dealing with cancer since last September.
Everyone has an idea of what they might need in case of illness or family emergency.
I’ve been asked:
- How can I help?
- What do you need?
- What can I do for you?
I’m blessed to have my family helping me get better. My mom is a saint, my husband is my advocate and my dad is the chauffeur.
But it gets stressful when someone asks you these questions. You can feel like you have to come up with something or give someone a task.
The best way to handle the meal train is to have a friend control it and you and a family member have access to it.
MEAL TRAINS ARE GREAT FOR
- New Mom-to-Be
- Death in the family
- A Friend In Need
TIPS ON HOW TO CONTROL A MEAL TRAIN
- Pick a day
- Set A TimeTo Deliver
- Post What Your Bringing
- Get from Local Restaurant To Save Yourself Stress
- Cook if you’re a good cook. Homemade is the best, but it’s all super thoughtful.
MEAL TRAIN IDEAS FROM LOCAL RESTAURANTS
- Charm City Burger
- Miller’s Ale House
- Yard House – Healthiest Kids’ Menu
- Max’s Grill
- J. Alexander’s
MEAL TRAIN WEEKLY FOOD DELEVERY MEALS
Fitlife Foods -LMS40 to give your followers $40 off their first weekly home delivery
MEAL TRAIN DELIVERY SERVICES
- Delivey Dudes
- Uber Eats
- Grub Hub
- Instacart – Give $10 and Get $10 for every friend who places their first order.
Double-check these places take Grub Hub, Uber Eats and more. We had some restaurants cancel our order.
MEAL TRAIN IDEAS FROM SCRATCH
- Breakfast Casserole
- Hashbrown Cheesy Casserole
- Taco Dinner
- Nacho Bar
- Pizza and salad
- Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Chicken Parmesan
- Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats
- Pot Roast and potatoes
- Chicken Caesar Salad
MEAL TRAIN WEBSITES THAT ARE HELPFUL
MEAL TRAIN – Mine is McMechan Home
This is a great option that looks like a Google Calendar where you can add “events” and their friends can claim them. It could be anything from helping with childcare, to walking the dog, or giving them rides, in addition to meals. There is also a Potluck Option.
For a family who needs a little more help than normal, this is a great option.
- Easily create an InKind Page for yourself or someone else in just five minutes
- Share your story, photo, food and delivery preferences, and other important information
- Let people know if phone calls, texts, visitors, or flowers are ok (I’m allergic to flowers)
Create, find and send a friend a meal. This site breaks it down and you can get recipe ideas as well.
If you want to know more about my cancer story, I had melanoma come back into my body. I will be updating a post soon.