As I sit here, feeling blessed and secure; because I have a freezer full of goodness, and a well stocked pantry and trying not to overeat.
I started thinking of the reason I have such a stash. Am I a hoarder? Perhaps a bit. Growing up poor and living eating from hunting meat and growing gardens, and occasionally receiving commodities, I associate a full pantry with love and security. If we had to I could probably find something to fix for quite a few months. I know that I am comfortable with Give us this day our Daily Bread. That would be providing for our needs and not necessarily our wants.
Do I need this much food in the house? Well lets see, when I saw a request on Freecycle for groceries for a family of 10, I was able to pull out meals from my pantry & freezer and we delivered enough food for a week. That blessed both the family and us. So that was good.
My freezer is stocked because I buy my meat in bulk. Chicken breast $1.29 lb, Salmon $6,99 lb, Ground Turkey $ 1,89 lb. I am a Carnivore!! I also buy veggies in bulk either frozen or prep and freeze fresh ones. I could go to the store for everything, but I save about $150 a month using this method. So in my mind ,I have justified having the storehouse.
When we receive gift cards we give them to our church's food basket, because life isn't always about just the edibles. There are diapers, formula and we really don't need anything at this point in our lives. Sharing these enables others to take care of their families needs.
I find that by filling my heart and helping others, I don't feel the need to snack or binge. So if I make something special for hubby I just make enough for 2 servings and then the rest is gifted.
Food speaks to people. People of every race and nationality. There is just something about FOOD that can bring people together…and bring comfort at the same time. Food is my love language. It’s how I show love to others…and it’s how others show love to me. I am learning to show love to myself in other ways. But if I want to show hubs how much he means to me, nothing says loving like something from the oven.
After the birth of 2nd son, we received an abundant outpouring of love from friends and family in the form of food. At 3 weeks in, I still hadn’t touched ANY of my freezer meals. But, this wasn’t always the case. After one of my births, we were at a different place in life and hardly received anything – I felt all alone and on my own.
And I’ve seen that same sentiment shown from others on Social networks when I talk/read about giving food in times of need:
-No one ever brings me anything.
-I was all alone after my birth and had to do it all myself
-No one sends sympathy gifts any more
-People are too busy to help
I’m issuing a challenge to you all – let’s see how many people this year that we can bless with food.
Yeah, you heard me…food. Everyone needs food. It’s a universal need and mostly a universal love.
Reasons to send meals:
Why might you want to send a meal to someone? There are tons of reasons!
A new baby
Sickness in their family
Death in the family
An extended illness or hospital stay
A shut in or sick neighbor
You won’t really need to LOOK for reasons to send food-they’ll just come to you.
But what about allergies?!
I think people with allergies may need love the most. Why? Because people are scared to send them food. Allergies are scary things, man. I understand the intimidation. I have several friends with allergies, and it’s hard for me to sometimes think of sending them food – but everyone else is thinking the same thing!
Don’t leave those with allergies out…think about them, consider what they CAN eat, and deliver that. Even if it means you just send them some fruit.
Even if you are a terrible cook!
You know, it doesn’t always have to be about meals of lasagna, soup, and casseroles. You can deliver all sorts of things:
I hardly ever drop off a conventional meal, unless it’s requested.
But I’m not local!!!
Don’t let the fact that you’re not local, keep you from sending meals to someone. If they live too far away you can sent a gift card or ship something from Amazon. Cards can let someone you are thinking about them, but a gift of food is a gift of love.
I didn't send chocolate Easter bunnies with the ears bitten off to the Grandchildren. They get excited about a tin of popped corn or homemade cookies. If I have them I can send them the Girl Scout cookies!
I share my bi-weekly Bountiful baskets with my neighbors. Two people can't always eat enough to keep it from spoiling.
Now, go forth and bless others with food. Look for ways to serve others with brownies, soups, and muffins.