Be a GREAT meal gifter!

16 ideas for meal gifting

Part 1 in a short, helpful series
(Well, part 1 had to be broken into two parts, so I guess this is Part 1a)

What is meal gifting? You know, gifting a meal to someone who is in need of one.

There are so many people that have helpful hints about bringing meals to those in need. Why do I want to do one more?

Because it is a BIG deal!

When someone falls ill, or has a baby, or loses a loved one, or is caring for a loved one with an extended illness, or is placed on bed rest; there are so many areas of need. One blessing that can eliminate a large headache is having meals brought in for a while.

It cannot bring back a loved one, make cancer go away, or cause bed rest to be a pleasure. But it does help. It really does.

Some illness situations can carry on for a while. The need is extensive. Just having people care and understand that their family is under tremendous stress brings comfort.

And it can help even more if it is done with a teeny tiny bit of extra thoughtfulness. Why am I talking about it? I have been on all sides of this equation.

  • I have been sick. Really sick. I’m a kidney patient and was super duper sick for a few years before I was blessed with a kidney transplant. I’ve been a recipient of meal gifting.
  • I LOVE to make meals for folks when they have been knocked upside the head by an ugly trial. So I am also a meal gifter.
  • My daughter has been placed on bed rest with her third pregnancy. Her needs are daily and stretch out in front of her for months. Since I work full-time I can’t do it all for her, so we have enlisted help. (So nice to have nice people in the world.)

So, I can share a few pointers. It doesn’t have to take over your day or week to do this act of kindness. Jump in and toss a meal together. Here are some helpful hints:

  1. DON’T MAKE LASAGNA! I mean really. If you have ever had meals brought in, you know how so, so, so many people make lasagna. Seriously, even if yours is the “best.” Spaghetti, either, for that matter. Unless everyone is taking my advice, then someone needs to make lasagna.
  2. Before making anything, ask about food allergies. It is not hard to use rice pasta if you are making a pasta dish for someone who is gluten-free. There are tons of recipes using meat, veggies and rice. It’s not hard. Don’t make it hard.
  3. And ask about preferences, too. Do they all hate onions or peppers? Can’t stand fish? Might as well ask and make something they’ll eat.
  4. Don’t try to outdo everyone. Simple meals seem to work the best. Think about the recipient. They might love a simple quiche, or soup, or stir fry. Especially if they have had a lot of rich pasta dishes.
  5. Include a salad, if you can. You never know how they are feeling at any given moment. A salad may be all they can stomach depending on the stress of a particular day.
  6. Make enough for a lunch as well as a dinner. In my daughter’s situation, her family needs dinner, but she needs something easy to warm up for lunch for herself every day as well.
  7. What about including, along with your meal, some lunch meat and lettuce, tomato, and a package of delicious rolls for lunch for a few days? Surprising and appreciated.


To be continued …

But, in the meantime, PLEASE post your suggestions as well.

Patricia Meyers
Happy Meal Gifter

Matthew 25:37-40 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? ’The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.


Filed under Giving, Inspirational

3 responses to “Be a GREAT meal gifter!

  1. I have been on both sides too. And including stuff for easy lunches is a fantastic idea I’ve never thought of. Great suggestions!


  2. Krista

    Great suggestions! My lasagnas not too great so no worries on wanting to share that ~
    I’d add ~ use disposable dishes if possible so the person who is need of meals doesn’t now have to keep everyone’s dishes straight and worry about washing and returning them. One other thing ~ try to be sensitive to the needs of the one receiving the meal in regards to how long to linger/visit when dropping off the meal. Some are hoping for a friend to talk with while others need rest or due to their circumstances are not up to a lengthy chat.


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