Bethel Meal Ministries is a ministry that provides meals for a limited time to those who are in need due to childbirth, surgery or illness. We use a website called mealtrain.com that provides all the information and all the days that food will be needed Would you like to help with meals? Do you like to cook? Would you like to be part of blessing a family?
When you indicate to me you’d like to help, you will get an email from me, and once received, click it or copy and paste the website in the browser bar and press the return key. You will be directed to the “Welcome” page for the meal train that I have created. Here you should create an account with your own email and password and then upon doing so, you will be directed to the meal train and can book a meal. It may sound complicated, but it is not.
If you do not have access to a computer and are interested in being involved in this ministry, please give me your name and current phone number. I will contact you that way.
So, you’re interested but you have no way of getting the food to the recipient because you don’t drive? We have a solution for that! We have free pick-up and delivery from your home to the participant’s home – by way of my husband Ray! We are incorporating this feature to try to get the seniors involved. We know we have some mighty good cooks here at Bethel but getting food to recipients could be difficult. This is our way of helping you do what you do best and helping a much deserving family who is going through a time of need.
Just a few reminders about making a meal:
- If you are dropping off the meal yourself, plan not to stay more than 5-10 minutes. This of course depends on your existing relationship, but realize that the recipient is not ready to entertain yet.
- Feel free to pray with the family.
- Extras like drinks, condiments, salad dressing and dessert are a nice bonus, but not necessary.
- If you plan to have something delivered (for example, pizza), make sure you pay for a tip in advance and specify the delivery time. Also Ray will be able to pick up at a restaurant if you give him a specific time.
- If possible, deliver/send your meal in a recyclable or reusable container. It’s very convenient for the recipient to not have to return dishes to you.
- Be sure to label any items with your name that you would like returned to you.
- Include clear preparation instructions, i.e. “Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees, uncovered.”
- Consider including an appropriate note or card to the recipient.
Thank you for caring enough to be involved in this ministry. It may not seem like much, but the people who receive these meals are so very appreciative! Thank you!
Please contact me with any questions or concerns: Mealtrain Coordinator, Carolyn Toczek, firstname.lastname@example.org.