Bringing someone a meal isn’t always the easiest thing to do. But sometimes I think we are simply overthinking the whole idea. When we overthink things, we tend to complicate things and then that stops us from blessing others.
Some people have never actually put together a meal for someone and are too nervous to start because they simply don’t know where to start.
We can be our own worst enemy. I am here to tell you that bringing someone in need is not hard at all! I’ve run the meals ministry in our church for just over a year and have accumulated some tips of the trade that can help you branch out and extend hospitality to someone in need.
5 Tips for Bringing Someone a Meal
You aren’t going to volunteer or say yes to bringing someone a meal if you are too nervous or scared. Don’t overthink the matter. Nothing fancy is required. No one is judging you or your meal. The family being blessed will be so grateful for your generosity, whether you make them a 5-course meal or pasta and a salad with no frills.
Use Foil Pans
This saves you from worrying about whether or not you will get your dishes back. Sometimes you won’t get them back or they’ll come back to you months later. Don’t stress yourself out worrying about your bakeware.
This always is such a huge blessing for the family receiving the meal. If they are getting a week’s worth of meals, then they’ll have a lot of dishes to wash, return and keep straight of who’s is who’s. If they are recovering from a surgery, childbirth or illness then washing dishes is not going to be something they’ll be feeling up to.
Keep it Simple
You really do not need to impress the people you are bringing a meal too. If you are on a short list of names of people willing to bring meals to others, then you may be asked quite a few times. Keep it simple so you don’t wear yourself out. I like to reuse the same meal. Typically you aren’t making a meal for the same family within 1-2 years so doing so it totally fine. Baked ziti is my go to meal. It’s easy to double for our family, easy to make and makes a lot to feed a large family. Reuse the same meal or two to just cycle through. No one will know! Unless you blog about.
Order Pizza or Grab Take Out
Sometimes when you are asked to bring a family a meal on a certain day, it simply does not mesh with what you having going on that night or in your current busy season. But you don’t have to say no altogether. As someone who organizes meals, it can be a challenge to find enough people to cover a week. You can still send a pizza to the family without leaving your own home, you can even order early in the day so you won’t forget.
If you are going to be out of the house all day and simply won’t have time to cook a meal but can deliver one, why not grab take out for the family. Typically a family who has just had a new baby doesn’t have a whole lot of cash lying around to splurge on restaurant food. One of my favorite postpartum meals was from a family who brought us Red Robin. I felt so spoiled and loved on. She asked earlier in the day what we would like and she delivered it to our door, apologizing that it wasn’t homemade. Honey, no worries, it is a treat!
Be Mindful of Food Allergies
Be sure to ask ahead of time if there are any food allergies to avoid. If you know about them with enough warning, finding a meal to make isn’t that challenging. Pinterest has made our lives so much easier in so many ways. Don’t let the fear of food allergies hold you back.
Bringing a meal is as simple as cooking a simple meal, using foil pans and delivering it to the family. If you are shy, not a good cook, or too busy to cook you can still participate in the meal ministry. You are blessing those around you and brightening their day. You are taking one more thing off their plate in a stressful time in their lives. Isn’t it worth it knowing you are helping someone else? Don’t worry about not doing it right or about impressing. Hospitality is about others, keep that in mind and you will do great!
Your turn! What are you go-to meals for bringing a family in need? What tips would you add to the list? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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