Giving On Cents: Bless Others With Food

Last time you heard from me here was my Mythbusters post.  We talked about not needing to make a lot of money to be able to give.

Today I’m sharing with you a practical way to do that!


On my blog I just did a post about the Top 5 things a post-partum mommy needs and food was on the list.  The readers all agreed, bring food!

Besides new moms, who else could use food?

  • older neighbors or relatives
  • single moms
  • someone recovering from a surgery
  • someone who is ill, or the main cook of the family (usually mom!) is ill
  • families experiencing a loss
  • anyone just having a rough day/week/month/life

Why food?
We often don’t know what to do to ease someone’s pain.
We can’t hire them and give them a job after they get laid off.
We can’t bring their loved one back to life.
We are unable to heal their illness.
But we can feed them!  We can meet that most basic human need and in doing so, speak to their hearts, let them know they aren’t alone.

What food?
We have had three children and been lucky to have friends bring us food after each. It was so nice to not have to try to think about cooking during that time.
Here were some of our favorite meals:

  • Enchiladas
  • Chicken and Noodles
  • Pork Chops
  • Chop Suey
  • Pizza (someone gave us a break from casseroles and gave us a pizza gift card and a pan of brownies!)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Meatloaf
  • Ham/Potato Casserole

Sides and Desserts that travel/save well:

Food that I have taken to people:

  • Taco Soup with biscuits
  • Paula Dean’s The Lady’s Mac & Cheese
  • Tuna Noodle Casserole
  • Greenbean Casserole
  • Chicken Lasagna (a white sauce style)
  • Cheater Fudge (recipe here)
  • Baked Spaghetti and frozen veggies and brownies

What about my budget?
Ahh yes, the budget.  You can give a meal to someone without breaking the bank!  That is the beauty of it!  Many recipes can easily be doubled for very little extra cost.  What I usually do is make the recipe a double batch and give half to the family and keep half for my own family to have as dinner that night.

Remind yourself that this does not need to be a fancy gourmet meal!  No one really expects you to show up at their door with filet mignon.  A simple vegetable soup will be tasty, inexpensive, and very much appreciated!

Finally, remember, you can bless someone without giving them an entire meal.
After our first son was born, a friend showed up with a container of assorted muffins.  They were delicious, I liked the variety, and it could not have cost more than a few dollars for the boxed mixes.  You can make a simple bread, just a pan of dinner rolls, homemade biscuits, put together a bowl of mixed fruit or a veggie tray, or send over a pan of your famous baked beans.

Now, who can you bless this week with some food!?


—TheBargainBabe blogs at Zucchini Summer about things like how to dance the macarena, teaching ideas, her sneaky dog, and limiting the amount of Christmas gifts.  Eclectic, huh?  Clearly her head is in the clouds.  Her husband, 3 sons, and enormous puppy love her anyway.

Be sure to see all of our EASY recipes for moms.

  • Marlena Curley

    Great Post. I love to cook and this is a great idea to help someone out who is struggling in any way.

  • Thank you Marlena. Since you like to cook I bet your food is way better than mine (I’m a bit reluctant/lazy. ha!) and would be very much appreciated! Let me know if you find someone to take food to!

  • Wanda Rountree

    Helping people with food is a really great idea.

    • Thanks for reading Wanda. I know that I have certainly been blessed when people brought us food during some rough patches in life! Even if the person you are giving a meal to, doesn’t lack funds to buy their own food, it can still be a big blessing for them to not have to worry about trying to cook.
      I believe that feeding people’s bodies also feeds their souls. :)

  • Shirley

    You are right that food is a great way to help.

    • Thanks Shirley! I’m so glad you took the time to read and even leave a comment. :) If you end up helping someone by taking some food, I’d love to hear about it!

  • Leslie G.

    Helping out with a meal or a treat is such a great idea, and it’s really simple to just double what you’re making for your own family that night.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  • Kim

    I hate to cook normally, but when I’m able to cook for a get together, or as a gift for someone I enjoy it. I think that comes from being raised in the south with a Momma that loves you with food! All of my best memories from growing up involve being in the kitchen while the older women of the family cooked all while catching up, mending broken hearts, and laughed ALOT. Sharing a meal with someone down on their luck or in need is the best way to comfort!

  • You have a big heart :) thank you for the reminder and the tips.

  • Crystal Epperson

    Thanks for posting!

  • I have always given food to homeless people around where my friend lives, since there is an abundance of them. This is such a great post because not only does it encourage other to give, but also gives ideas on people who are in need. I never thought of giving food for half of the people/situations you have mentioned here, but kind-of-think of it it’s such an amazing idea. A delicious meal delivered to me would definitely make life easier or even brighten my day. This also shows the person you are thinking of them. Thanks for sharing such great ideas, you are a really giving and caring person! <3

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