Meal Angels Ministry
Have you or a loved one been in the hospital or have just gotten out and were told you should rest for a few days?
Do you have a new baby in the house?
Wouldn't it be great to have a home cooked meal delivered to your house?
Meal Angels are volunteers who buy the food, prepare the meals and deliver them to your house. We fix meals for families who are unable to prepare their own meals due to health reasons, and for families with a newborn to give them a few weeks to get settled and welcome their new "addition" to the family.
How Meal Angels Was Started
Meal Angels started in July 2009 when a couple from the Parish needed help. The wife was diagnosed with cancer. She mentioned that the husband could not boil water, and she longed for home cooked meals. We got a call from our Parish office asking if we could arrange meals for them. From there, the Ministry grew. Eventually, we were asked to take over the Fishes and Loaves Ministry which had been preparing meals for families who had just had a new baby.
Meal Angels Giving History
Prepared & Delivered 5667 meals to 74 different families from June 2009 through December 2016. In December of 2010 we also included families with newborns.
Since Lent of 2010 the Knights of Columbus have donated meals from their Fish Fry to some of our families.
There are over 350 people who receive Meal Angel emails. Some receive them so they can include the families in their prayers. Of these 340 people, around 150 to 175 are "Meal Angels" preparing and delivering food.
When information is received about a family in need, an email is sent to the volunteers listing: the dates meals are needed, information about any special dietary needs, and the number of people in the family. We schedule meals one month at a time. Volunteers that can help email back the dates they are available to prepare meals. They are emailed back a verification that the date requested is still available and the directions to the family's home. No names are given out, only the addresses.
We request that the meals consist of salad, entree with meat, potato, vegetable, sometimes rolls, and a dessert. Meals should be brought to the families in disposable containers. They are delivered cooked and ready to eat. Each family has a cooler on their front porch that the meal is placed in during the time specified. If the person does not have a cooler, the Meal Angel Ministry will provide one for them. You don't have to ring the doorbell when delivering, just place the meal in the cooler. The family knows to look in the cooler during specified times. This protects their privacy and does not make them answer the door if they are not feeling up to it.
There are some "Angels" who, due to jobs, other commitments or insufficient time to cook, order a meal to be delivered. It is all prepaid, including the tip, and delivered to the family. If the volunteer lets me know they are doing that, I notify the family that a delivery is coming. Some also volunteer to deliver food for those that have cooked but cannot deliver. Gift cards to restaurants are also welcome, call me if you would like to donate gift cards.
If You Are In Need Of The Meal Angels or You Know Of Someone Who Is or You Would Like to Volunteer:
Terrie Murphy, Meal Angel Coordinator
"Do not neglect to do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."