One of the great privileges we have in life is to serve others when there is sickness or times of great stress.
One of the first and most important needs when a crisis hits is food. If you want to serve others in this way you need a plan. You need a few foods that can fixed quickly and delivered on fairly short notice.
- Think of 2-3 meals that you are good at making, meals that don’t take a lot of effort because you know the recipes so well. Write these down so when a crisis hits you don’t have to think.
- Think of meals that can be frozen or kept for a few days in the refrigerator.
- Try to keep the ingredients for your ‘standby meals’ in stock, perhaps put on a shelf designated just for outreach.
- If you don’t have time to cook consider taking a basket of fruit, lunch meats with rolls, or a bucket of chicken.
- If you live far off you can order pizza or even something nicer from a restaurant to be delivered.
Other things to consider:
- Inquire about food allergies.
- Paper goods are always a good thing to include.
- Always check to see when is a convenient time to bring the food.
- Too much food at one time is more of a burden than a blessing. Sometimes food/help are needed several days later.
- Always label your food and include any cooking instructions.
In times of great need these sites are good to help coordinate food for a family. This helps communication greatly and you can see when you are really needed. It is usually good for a close family member or friend to manage this for a family.
Easy Comfort Foods
- Chicken Potpie
- Anything Pasta
- Roast with potatoes/carrots/onions
- Chicken and Dumplings
- Chili with cornbread or crackers
- Taco Salad
One of the problems with taking food to people is that it is sometimes difficult to get your dishes/pans back.
This week we took food to 2 homes with sick people, one was an elderly neighbor couple who are sick and one was our son who is down with strep and bronchitis.
I made chicken noodle soup and cornbread. I took the soup in mason jars. This way it is easy for them store it in the refrigerator and all they have to do is pour it in a pan to warm up.
The best thing is that it is not a big deal if I don’t get the jars back.
Other foods that can be given in mason jars:
- sloppy jo meat
- BBQ meat
- potato salad
- salad dressings
- toppings for taco salad
- toppings for salads