Harpswell Aging at Home Delivers!
HAH’s Meals in a Pinch (MIP) program brings together the generosity of our community to provide home cooked meals to some of our neighbors because everybody needs a hand every now and then. Whether an ongoing need or temporary support, HAH’s MIP team delivers!
Meals in a Pinch runs every other Tuesday and provides a combination of four fresh and frozen meals to some of our Harpswell neighbors for a variety of reasons. Some are not able to consistently prepare meals because of health, ability, or mobility; others have difficulty obtaining food for practical or financial reasons. There is no income qualification–only a recognition that we all need some support at times. Emergency meals can even be provided on the same day if necessary.
Receive Meals in a Pinch
Interested in learning more about how to receive meals through our MIP program, either ongoing or temporarily, reach out to Julie Moulton at 207-330-5416 or email her at [email protected].
Cook for Meals in a Pinch
Interested in volunteering to join our merry band of cooks – here’s how it works:
- Cook regularly (every two weeks) or now and then.
- Make dishes that have broad appeal. They don’t have to be gourmet or fancy.
- You only have to make part of a meal, like a soup, biscuits, dessert, a vegetable, or a protein.
- HAH can cover your ingredient costs.
- Need a way to get your food to the program? We can pick it up from you.
If you decide to volunteer – here’s a bit more detail on what to expect.
Sign up to cook for Meals in a Pinch using Sign-Up Genius or contact Julie Moulton directly at [email protected] or by text or call 207-330-5416.
While every other Tuesday is THE day that more than 200 meals are delivered to nearly 50 homes, the HAH volunteers who work this magic are in constant motion. Here’s a Snapshot of how it all comes together.
First Things First
- Cooks from every corner of Harpswell sign up online logging the dish they will prepare providing a list of all ingredients.
- Labels listing ingredients are created for each and every dish.
- Promised contributions are monitored to ensure the week’s volume and special dietary requirements will be met.
- If tweaks are needed, food from HAH’s food freezers is utilized to supplement the week’s volunteer offerings.
- Packing supplies are assembled.
- The work site at Great Island Church of the Nazarene is readied for action!
Always Something New
- The recipient list is in constant flux. Calls to “regulars” or new recipients are made to understand food preferences as needed.
- Drivers and packers are contacted to ensure all staffing needs will be covered.
- Delivery routes are organized and shared with drivers.
Monday – One Day to Go
- Volunteers, in kitchens all over Harpswell, begin cooking their MIP contribution.
- Food from MCHPP is picked up and delivered to the Nazarene Church.
- Some of this food gets cooked for Tuesday, some is given to volunteers for later use.
Tuesday – This is it
- Packers head out, some picking up donations on their way and head to ground zero.
- Informational flyers, drawings from children or thoughtful notes from other Harpswell volunteers placed in delivery bags.
- Food is joyfully accepted as cooks drop off their offerings.
- Meals are labeled to ensure awareness of dietary needs.
- The packers function as a well-oiled machine, working efficiently… and with great camaraderie.
- Food from freezers is arranged in coolers. Each recipient will receive two fresh and two frozen meals.
- Packers pack up the personalized bags – noting recipient specific needs or preferences.
- Drivers arrive, cars are loaded and off they go.
- Smiles and hellos abound as friends deliver meals to friends.
- The remaining food is inventoried and placed in one of HAH’s three freezers for future/emergency use.
- Recycling, composting and trash is delivered to the recycling center.
- Operations site is scrubbed clean.
And then – it starts all over again!
This is community at it’s best!