Jump on the mealTrain.com
It did not take long after marrying my Marine to figure out that the ties that bind the military community together are strong. Eerily similar to my Italian mother, military spouses celebrate and commiserate through food!
I have been both the beneficiary and benefactor for many meals that celebrated the births of little ones and the passing of loved ones, and nothing makes you feel more cared for than having a group of people pull together to take care of you. I was awe struck recently when two military friends offered to bring me meals when my Mother-in-Law passed, even though we are not “officially” a member of a unit at our current duty station. It is what we do and what we know and I am awe inspired by the depth of the relationships that military life builds.
Understanding what it takes to coordinate meals for a family, I was ecstatic to find mealTrain.com, which makes this task simple! The coordinator of the meals creates an account, enters the name, email address, location and dates of the family receiving the meals. The coordinator can also enter the meal preferences (likes and dislikes), known food allergies, number of people being served and the best time to deliver meals into the system. Once this is complete, the coordinator can invite the recipient’s family and friends, via email or Facebook, to login and select a date to provide a meal. No need for long email trains or duplicate offers for providing a meal on the same date; mealTrain.com takes care of all of this in just a few simple steps.
Take the simplicity a step further with this easy, DIY project that will help the recipient identify the owner of the dishes left behind. Purchase a bottle of glass etching cream from your local craft store and design or buy a stencil, and in just a few minutes, you have a personalized serving dish. This idea is also great for a personalized housewarming gift and honestly, it is very easy!
May this wonderful tradition continue to bring the greater military family together for many decades to come.