Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Take Them a Meal ~ Meal Organization

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I want to share a site with you all that I’ve been using over the last few days that is wonderfully AMAZING!! If you’ve ever put together meal lists for someone that has just had a baby or been in the hospital, you know how crazy it can be with all the emails, phone calls…and overabundance of lasagna deliveries.

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Takethemameal.com is a FREE site that helps you organize meal deliveries to the family with just a few clicks of a button.  As the meal coordinator you can quickly create an online schedule sheet providing directions to the home along with other important information.

Once you create the schedule and set up the dates you would like the meals delivered to the family, all you have to do is share the password with the families that would like to help and they can add their name to the online list. The person receiving the meals can also access the page to see who is delivering a meal, their phone number, the meal they are bringing ~ and they can print off a schedule of meals to stick on their fridge for future reference.

You can view a sample schedule here.

I started using it a few days ago to set up meals for a family in our church and it has taken a HUGE stress off. There are no emails flying back and forth or people accidentally doubling up on dates. AND it will even email a reminder to the meal provider when their delivery date is close! For those who aren’t comfortable using the computer, they just call me and I can quickly access the page and plug in their information.

Did I mention it is all FREE?? Really, you can go wrong with that! This is one of those sites that I wish had been around years ago ~ it’s definitely one that I will use over and over again in the future!

Just wanted to pass along a little something that is Working for Me!

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16 comments:

  1. This is great! We do meals when a family has a baby and this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What an awesome resource! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. It is great that someone has come up with this useful site. Thanks for sharing the info. Have a great day!

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  4. Love sites like this! We use a different one (name is escaping me right now) for our church meals! Love that you can go in and change days and see what days they need etc.

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  5. Wow, that is awesome! I love that and will check it out. Thanks for sharing. How is your b90 challenge going?

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  6. I'm going to have to remember this! So helpful!

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  7. Jolanthe,

    What a great and valuable link this is and you often wonder if there wasn't something out there to make this easier and low and behold, I stop here and looky what I found.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  8. Awesome find! This site will be great for potluck type dinners my family always does :)

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  9. Ahh..I love this site! When we were getting meals after Ana was born it was fun to look and see who was coming over!

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  10. That is awesome! My cousin's uncle is on chemo and his wife just fell on the ice and had 13 screws and pins put into her leg. Neither of them can get around and my cousin was trying to figure out a way to plan meals for them. I'm sending her the link now! Thanks!

    Oh, I have an award for you too:
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  11. As a recipient of your Meal Planning Expertise *grin*...I just have to say that your organizational and multi-tasking skills are amazing.

    AND you always seem to find the things that will help other's skills improve. Thanks!

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  13. I have to tell you this is the BEST thing and helps so much! My husband was in the hospital on New Year's Eve a friend from church uses this and not only is it easy for the person planning the meals it's easy for the family getting the meals, we know what is coming to our house, who is coming, what they are bringing and what time...super duper easy and easy for me to write thank you notes! I have also gone back to it and written each dish that was brough by that person so I know who brought what casserol dish, bowl, etc and everything gets back to the correct person!

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  14. Another great one is foodtidings.com I'm not sure how the two compare. We have used it in our church community for new babies and over the past year we used when people brought us meals during our daughter's cancer treatment. It makes things so easy and gives everyone access to the info they need without phone calls and email. Perfect. Such a blessing to help people be a blessing :)

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  15. That's so cool! Thanks for sharing! I am the meals coordinator at our church, so this will help a bunch!

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  16. Thank you for your kind words about TakeThemAMeal.com, Jolanthe. I'm the co-creator of the web site and I'm glad it has simplified the meal scheduling process for you. Thank you for spreading the word because I know the web site will make it easier for friends to care for each other.

    We are always looking to improve the web site. Please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions (adina@takethemameal.com).

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