35 Meal Train Ideas to Help Loved Ones in Need
A meal train is a way for a community of people to bring food to someone in need. Whether you're comforting a friend or supporting a new parent, these meal train ideas can help.
Once you know what you’re going to cook, check out our meal train tips for help organizing the logistics.
Editor’s tip: Fresh salads (especially ones with protein) are a great meal to bring new parents—they’ll provide some nutrition to help them endure those first few weeks of sleepless nights!
Editor’s tip: Cozy meals like this one are the perfect comforting funeral food and a thoughtful way to express your condolences. Drop it off with a fresh salad to get some greens in the mix, too.
Editor’s tip: To complete the meal, send along store-bought rolls or make your own with one of these dinner roll recipes.
Editor’s tip: When you drop off this meal, send the dressing in a separate container to prevent the lettuce from getting soggy. Consider making one of these quick and easy soup recipes to go with it, too.
Editor’s tip: Provide some rice to round out this meal. Simple white or brown rice will do just fine, or you can make one of these healthy rice recipes.
Editor’s tip: A batch of this Buttery Cornbread is the perfect side dish to pair with this comforting chili.
Editor’s tip: If you want to send over something sweet as well, try one of these easy desserts that have five ingredients or less.
Editor’s tip: These make-ahead salad recipes are the perfect sides for a meal train—they taste even better as they marinate, so you won’t have to worry about soggy salad!