Start a food circle
Everyone could benefit from a food circle at some time. Maybe you already have?
It’s a great way to help a family member, co- worker or neighbour, the best baby shower gift ever and a kindness for someone going through health problems or loss.
- Nutritious, healthy meals cooked with love.
- No pressure to shop or cook.
- No expectations to visit or play host.
- A chance to try new things.
How it works:
- There’s no “right” way!
- Ask first. Is it wanted? Are there dietary restrictions?
- Collect food givers’ email addresses or phone numbers —maybe post or circulate a sign-up sheet at your workplace.
- Make a calendar — shareable or one you manage as “food circle co-ordinator.”
- Suggest volunteers prepare dishes that freeze easily, like veggie chili and lasagna, quiche, soups and stews. Washed, chopped and ready-to-eat fresh organic, local fruit and veggies are a welcome treat, too. Pack food in reusable containers like pickle jars, stainless steel, etc.
Someone with freezer space who lives near the recipient can volunteer to be the drop-off depot. Or people can make their own deliveries — just confirm the appropriate day and time for the recipient.
Food circle co-ordinator responsibilities
- Schedule food drop-offs. Does the recipient prefer daily or weekly?
- Co-ordinate or make meal suggestions so the recipient isn’t eating lasagna for weeks.
- Thank participants!
- Check in with recipients to make sure they have what they need.