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When a friend's daughter was hospitalized recently, offers to help the family poured in. "What can we do for you?" we all asked. "Can we bring you some food?" The offers were heartfelt, and the meals truly appreciated, but sometimes taking the phone calls and organizing the home food delivery was overwhelming for a family already overwhelmed with the health care of their child. Enter website TakeThemAMeal.com, which makes simple work of bringing food to those who need it.
Founded in 2007 by Adina Bailey and Scott Rogers, a pair of Virginians who designed the site amid a friend's health crisis, Take Them A Meal lets you easily provide a wish list for your loved one, a simple calendar where people can choose the dates they'll cook and deliver food (as well as list the dish they'll bring), and the address of and directions to the delivery location. One quick step allows the person administering the site to send emails to all who may be interested in participating.
Now, my friend has twice-weekly meals lined up for a couple of months, and she never had to pick up the phone. Wherever there's a need -- an elderly family member, a too-busy new mom, a noncooking college student, a family that's suffered a loss -- Take Them A Meal can help spread the love.