I had an appointment with my hair stylist yesterday and during the course of my trim she asked what other plans I had for the day.  I mentioned that I was taking a Meal Train to one of our church members. “Meal Train? What is that?” she asked.  I explained to her that Meal Train is an organizational email-delivered planning method for getting meals delivered to people temporarily requiring help.  

My favorite part of this process is visiting, however briefly, with the person needing the meal.

When one or more of our church family is in need of help with meals due to an illness, recuperating from a hospital stay, a birth of a new family member, etc. (this information is acquired from calls to the Pastors, church office, friends and family and prayer requests) a call goes out to the Caring Ministry Chair, Eula Anyiwo. 

Eula the sends out a Meal Train email to anyone who has expressed an interest in providing meals and/or delivering them.  The email contains information on the what family is needing help, what their food preferences are as well as a calendar of available dates for delivering a meal. These dates are normally Monday, Wednesday and Friday of any given week.  The length of service is for a defined period, arranged with the Meal Train Organizer and the recipient depending on their needs.

The Meal Train app sends the provider reminders of their Meal Train date, gives contact information for the family receiving the meal

In the next step, interested people sign up for a particular date to provide a meal. That meal can be cooked at home, purchased from a takeout restaurant, and even provided by purchasing a Grub Hub gift card (the provider pays for a card through the Meal Train site and the family/person needing the meal orders something of their preference and sets up a delivery time with Grub Hub).  The Meal Train app sends the provider reminders of their Meal Train date, gives contact information for the family receiving the meal (so you can set up a convenient time to drop the meal off) and a map to help locate the home address.

That meal can be cooked at home, purchased from a takeout restaurant, and even provided by purchasing a Grub Hub gift card

My favorite part of this process is visiting, however briefly, with the person needing the meal. It is my chance to share a hug, a smile and to let the recipient know that MUMC is thinking about them.  I have been in the shoes of the recipient in the past and so I know the extreme gratitude and relief a visit and a warm meal bring.  

Picking up a take-out meal and dropping it by on your way home from work, preparing a meal in your own home and delivering it or ordering a gift card for the person/family temporarily needing assistance; there are many ways to help. In order to be a meal deliverer from MUMC our church requires that you first complete the Safe Sanctuaries Training.  This can be arranged through the church office.  You may also choose to provide meals that can be delivered by those who have completed this training.

The Caring Ministry has 5-8 people who share in this ministry of Meal Train and there are SO MANY more seats available on the Train!  If you would like additional information please contact Eula at 909-731-6706 or Pastor Tom Rothhaar at 951-639-3490

Candace Saxman

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