Make a difference for our kids
What is the Meals that Mend Program?
The “Meals That Mend” Program provides families with healthy meals to keep them strong and let them focus on what matters most: supporting their child. The program relies on volunteers and community donors to stock our pantry full of healthy food, including dairy, fruit, and produce, to serve at least 25-35 people per day, with a goal of 3 meals a day. This critical program serves nearly 17,000 meals annually.
What is the need?
The Meals That Mend program provides a much-needed service to families who are taking care of their sick children and often don’t have the time, funds, or even the energy to prepare a healthy meal. After a long day at the hospital or clinic, a hot meal is a welcomed gift.
Groups from all over our community provide food items and prepare meals for the families staying with us. Groups may use our full-scale kitchen to cook or they can prepare the food beforehand and drop it off at our facility. While we prioritize dinner meals, we do accept applications to prepare breakfast and lunch for our guests.
With some families staying with us for several months, the importance of nutritional food for themselves and their children is crucial. Therefore, we ask that groups include healthy choices for each meal donation. Should you have questions on what is considered healthy, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I participate?
You can sign up for a specific day, once a month, once a quarter, or prepare a meal on an occasional basis. View the calendar below to see our available dates and submit a Meals That Mend application.
Who can help?
All ages are welcome to participate in this program. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or adult. Groups cannot exceed five people at this time.
What kind of meals can I prepare?
You may choose your menu, but we ask that your menu include nutritious and balanced meals which are especially helpful in keeping energy levels up and helping children heal. You may view a list of suggested items on the Meals That Mend application. We appreciate your time and effort but please remember, our families need variety in their food. We have lots of people offering spaghetti, lasagna, and pizza dinners. Please consider other options!
Contact Karleigh King, Volunteer and Donor Relations Coordinator, at 706-724-5901 or email@example.com to reserve your date.