Whatever the case may be, whether it’s sick kids or new neighbors, getting meals goes a really long way. And, of course, tech helps, too. Seriously, how did our parents survive without it?
Here, I’m sharing my 3 favorite go-to sites for coordinating meals for friends, from tons-of-options to very basic. If you aren’t already organizing them the 21st century way, give it a try.
Give in Kind
Give in Kind is a cool site that organizes meals, and a whole lot more. If you’re looking for bells-and-whistles, this is your site. You can set up plans to support everyone from new parents to someone who’s partner has just been deployed. Of course, you can schedule meals.
But there are tons of cool features for supporting families in need, from raising money (through PayPal) to creating a wish list for items they could really use, like grocery cards or even a massage. For new parents, this is a bit like a baby registry meets meal calendar, with wish list items like cool baby carriers, teething necklaces and even a grass-fed butcher box (hipster approved!) to choose from. It’s actually perfect for newly adoptive parents or foster parents, who may have brought their child home last-minute without time for a proper baby shower beforehand.
You can find bare-bones, no-frills meal coordination at Meal Train, but they also have an upgraded Meal Train Plus 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. For a family who needs a little more help than normal, this is a great option that isn’t quite as involved as Give in Kind is.
Take Them a Meal
Take Them a Meal is the site I typically go to for setting up a very basic meal calendar for a friend because it’s bare-bones and easy to use. When you set up the calendar, you can mention any food allergies or notes from the family (like, maybe grandma will be there visiting one week, so an extra meal will need to be planned, and so on). I love that people can share what they’re taking, so you don’t get lasagne 6 days in a row. And if you get in a crunch and can’t take the meal after all, you can select their “send them a meal” option and have a homestyle meal delivered to their door.
Photo at top by Igor Miske via Unsplash.