Prepare a Meal
Our House Meal program is perhaps the most mutually beneficial activity we offer.
Patients and families receive a break from hospital or vending machine meals, as well as the opportunity to sit down and relax, participating in a routine from their pre-hospital life. For volunteers, it is a rewarding experience of connecting with others who are in need of comfort and care.
Time Commitment and People
Dinners are normally served around 6:00 PM, and we offer Saturday breakfasts at 9:00 AM. Plan to arrive at the House at least one hour in advance to begin preparing for the meal. House Meals are served buffet style and usually conclude after an hour. Meal groups should consist of 5-10 people, participants may include teenagers and children under adult supervision.
Plan to feed about 30-35 people – it’s better to prepare too much food because leftovers are popular! There are no meal restrictions. We welcome your creativity in menu selection and can help you with recipes and suggestions. If you want to offer a meal but would prefer to prepare it off-site and bring it in, this is fine, too. It is also fine to bring in restaurant-made pizzas or subs.
Meal examples include:
- Chicken casserole, green beans, potato, salad and dessert
- Taco bar, salad and dessert
- Soup, salad, bread and dessert
- Pasta dishes – spaghetti, lasagna, baked ziti, salad and dessert
Utensils and Equipment
Pots, pans, utensils, serving dishes, food handling gloves, silverware, napkins, etc. are provided by the House. Our kitchen is adequately equipped with 4 stoves/ovens, 3 microwaves, 3 coffee makers, 4 dishwashers, 4 sinks, and plenty of counter space.
What if something happens?
If for any reason you are unable to make your scheduled meal, we ask that you call to cancel. If anyone in your group is not feeling well or is sick, they should stay home because many of our patients have suppressed immune systems.
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How to Provide a Meal - What to Expect (video)