It doesn’t matter if you have met the CHA family yet or not. This is an opportunity to fulfill the Biblical mandate: “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” And since all of us probably know what it’s like to gain a child or be by someone’s side who is grieving or hurting, you know how helpful it is to not have to do all the things required to get a meal on the table: planning, shopping, preparing, serving. Let’s make it a little bit easier on each other like they did in the days of Acts 2:46 when they “shared their meals with great joy and generosity.”
A few practical bits about the Meal Train: we generally don’t do the fundraising bit the website suggests. I mean if you want to make a financial donation, by all means go ahead, but the “CHA Tradition” is just the meal. Be sure to check the special instructions in case there are any allergies or dietary restrictions. If you can’t manage a whole meal, but can manage something- do it! Have chickens that lay fresh eggs? Sign up to give a dozen eggs to a family and let that be your gift. Don’t know much about gluten-free cooking but can grab salad fixins’ at Aldi’s? Go for it! No time to plan your own meals, let alone someone else’s, but can grab a gift card for take-out? That works too! Don’t make up excuses NOT to do it. That doesn’t bless anyone.
The easiest way to make a meal for the train is to double your own family’s meal the day before you volunteer. Or, plan ahead. The next time you make a soup or casserole, make two and freeze one. Frozen things are an acceptable Meal Train offering! Did someone beat you in signing up for a baked ziti? Don’t worry about it. Who is going to get upset about receiving two yummy zitis, really? And if you missed the window for volunteering, know that it isn’t too late. A meal is a blessing anytime! And that is why we do it at CHA- to be a blessing
This is part of the Board Bits: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks series. Is there a question about CHA or homeschool that you would like answered? Submit inquiries to Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org