HOT MEAL

The hot meal is the foundation of our Sundays. Sometimes this is provided by the same people who serve it and sometimes they just drop it off and others serve it. We ask that the hot meal provide enough for 2 groups of 35 people. We provide the serving pieces and all the paper products that are necessary. If there is extra food, we have containers so that our guests can take the extra home with them. There are TONS of possibilities for the hot meal. Here are some meals we see frequently:

(1) Soup (This is a link for an easy one straight from cans. You would need to duplicate many times, of course: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/7-can-soup.html)

(2) Meatballs in BBQ sauce (with coleslaw or baked beans)

(3) Spaghetti in meat sauce (This is a link for an easy dump and bake casserole. You would need to make several pans: http://www.theseasonedmom.com/dump-and-bake-meatball-casserole/)

(4) Chili

(5) Macaroni and Cheese (You can heat up 8 trays of macaroni and cheese from Costo or 8 Stouffers family size trays (available at Giant) and add sliced hotdogs.)

SANDWICHES

We like to have 150 sandwiches for our guests to take with them after they eat their hot meal. The simplest thing to do is to put a slice of bologna and a slice of cheese between two pieces of regular sliced bread. Then put each sandwich in a ziplock baggie. If you can also provide small packets of mayonaise you will be super popular with our guests.

EGGS

We like to have 150 hard-cooked eggs for our guests to take with them after they eat their hot meal. Eggs are great because they have a lot of protein and they keep well. You can boil the eggs or you can cook them in the oven. Here's how:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Then position the eggs directly on the racks. Bake for 30 minutes. When the eggs are done, run them under cold water so that they stop cooking. Or cut the cooking time 3-4 minutes short and get the eggs quickly back into their container and into the fridge. If you want to get super fancy, you can rest them on a moist towel following these directions. This helps avoid any discoloration from cooking.

This picture should give you an idea except you will need to pack the eggs a lot tighter.

BONUS ITEMS

If you don't have time for food prep but you want to contribute, you can bring any of the following to any of our Sundays:

  • 70 cookies or packs of cookies - Single cookies would need to be individually wrapped.
  • 140 clementines - These are super popular with our guests!
  • Toiletries for 35 or 70! We especially need small tubes of toothpaste.
  • Large, warm socks for 35 or 70