Who are Meal Angels?

Meal Angels are volunteers who purchase, prepare and deliver meals to families in the Lincoln Way area.
The families that need meals prepared for them can be due to health reasons, a new baby or just a family in need.

How did Meal Angels begin?

Meal Angels started in July 2009 with a couple whose wife had cancer and the husband could not boil water.
She wanted home-cooked meals. I got a call from the Parish Nurse asking if I could arrange meals for them. From there, it only grew.

How has Meal Angels Helped?

  • Prepared and delivered over 9,950 meals to over 101 families from July 2009 through February 2024.
  • Delivered meals to families with newborns. We started this in December of 2010 when Meal Angels took over the Fishes & Loaves Ministry.
  • Provided meals to our families that the Knights of Columbus graciously donated from their fish fry each week during Lent. We started this in 2010. THANK YOU, KNIGHTS, as usual ~ you go over and above the call of duty!
  • Provided prayers for our families. Over 350 people receive emails to help with Meal Angels, 150 to 170 have been "Meal Angels" preparing and delivering food over the years.

If you volunteer, how does it work?

When information is received about a family in need, an email is sent to our volunteers with the dates meals are needed and information on the families (allergies & number in family). Volunteers that can help email back the dates they are able to help. They are then emailed back a verification that the date requested is still available and the exact address (and directions if needed). No name is given out, only the address. The cost of the food is donated by the “Angel”. A meal usually consists of salad, entree w/meat, potato, veggie and sometimes rolls and a dessert. Meals should be brought in disposable containers, cooked and ready to eat. Each family has a cooler on the front porch that the meal is placed in during the time specified. If they do not have a cooler, we provide one. You don't have to ring the doorbell when they request the dinner to be delivered and placed in the cooler. The family knows to look in cooler during specified times. This protects their privacy and does not make them answer the door if they are not up to it. There are some volunteers, who due to jobs or other commitments, that do not have the time to cook, so they order a meal to be delivered to the family. It is all prepaid, including tip, and delivered to the family. Some people have donated gift certificates for Meal Angels to have on hand in case an “Angel” is not available that day to help. If you are unable to help by preparing a meal at this time, please remember these families in your prayers. Prayers are very powerful, especially when you storm the heavens with them.

How do I become an “Angel”?

You can email or call Terrie Murphy at 815-212-4837. Meal Angels is a great way for your child to receive the service hours needed for school or sacraments.

If I know a family who might be in need of assistance from Meal Angels, who do I contact?

You or the family can call the Parish Office at 815-463-4200. The office will forward the information to me and I will contact you. Or you can contact Terrie directly at or calling Terrie at 815-212-4837.

Terrie Murphy

Meal Angel Coordinator


Do not neglect to do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God ~ Hebrews 13:16