Meals That Matter Boxed Meal Kits
Most of us know that preparing meals in the comfort of your own home, after all the work has basically been done for you, seems fun and exciting. But many families in our community don't have the luxury to explore the new-rage boxed meal delivery kits such as Blue Apron or Hello Fresh - where the average cost PER MEAL is $8. However, economically disadvantaged families have the same challenges most of us do when it comes to meal preparation: Little or no time to plan, purchase or prepare a fresh, healthy, easy (and FUN!) meal at home - which often results in poor food choices or fast-food alternatives.
Meals that Matter is a boxed meal kit program that provides a kit containing four adult-size portions of an easy-to-prepare nutritionally dense meal which can be made in the comfort of home kitchen with the basic kitchen utensils and equipment. All meals are fun and fast so families with children can get involved and learn the to enjoy preparing a home-cooked meal. Recipes and 'how to guides' are provided with the kit so taking the guess work out of how to prepare something is done.
Good to Go, in collaboration with Springfield-Greene County Health Department, the University of Missouri-Extension office, local farmers, retail facilities, and volunteers, plan, purchase, pack and distribute these meals to families in Greene County. Families must be referred by a local spiritual/religious organizations, a school counselor or nurse, or social service organization representative to receive the meal kits. Additionally, families must be able to pick up meals at the distribution sites located throughout the city.
Each family is asked to pay $5 for each boxed kit if they can (each box is valued at $25) and encouraged to sign up for cooking classes and budgeting courses through local service organizations. Once they complete a course, they earn vouchers to be used in Good To Go's Meals That Matter Food Pantry, which stores basic staple ingredients used in our meal kits for future opportunities to make the meal at home.
Volunteers are needed to help shop, prepare/pack, and distribute meal kits. To volunteer, contact our Meals That Matter Program Manager or call (417) 619-8246. If you are a member of the clergy or administration staff of a local spiritual/religious organization, a school nurse or counselor, or a social worker with a local service organization and you want to refer a family, click below to refer a family.
Meals that Matter has specific donation needs to keep this program up and running. You can donate any of the following items to support this program:
- Financial support (Click here to donate)
- New Family-size crock pots/slow cookers like the one show below
- New cooking pots, pans, skillets, and basic utensils like the ones show below
- Basic staple cooking ingredients: Flour, Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Spices, Pasta (Penne, elbow macaroni, and spiral noodles), Brown rice (please, no white rice), or call for a list of upcoming needs (417) 619-8246