Meals

Spoonful of Hope

We are excited to introduce the new Chef Program, starting April 1, 2024! This program, called Spoonful of Hope, aims to significantly enhance the quality and variety of meals for our families while still engaging the community through volunteer participation.

How will it work?

  • A professional chef will lead the program, handling meal planning, ingredient ordering, prep work, and training volunteers.
  • Volunteer groups will still be a vital part of the kitchen! Instead of planning and shopping, volunteers will simply follow the chef’s plan and enjoy cooking together – a fun and rewarding experience.
  • To cover food costs and chef services, we’ll ask participating groups for a suggested donation of $300 per meal service.

Why are we making this change?

We believe this program will bring numerous benefits:

  • Premium Quality Food: A professional chef means consistently delicious and nutritious meals for our families.
  • More Variety: Our chef will bring creativity and diverse culinary options to the table.
  • Food Safety: Improved food handling practices ensure the health and well-being of everyone enjoying our meals.
  • Reduced Food Waste: Precise planning and ordering by the chef will minimize excess food.
  • Allergen Awareness: Professional expertise guarantees meals are prepared with careful attention to allergies and dietary restrictions.
  • Kitchen Maintenance: Our new chef will bring experience with kitchen upkeep, ensuring a clean and efficient space for everyone.
  • RMHC Alignment: This program aligns with trends at similar RMHC chapters, ensuring we’re offering the best possible experience for families.
  • Adapting to Change: Since the pandemic, we’ve seen a decrease in volunteer meal group participation. This chef-led program provides a reliable and sustainable solution for serving healthy meals.

Spoonful of Hope FAQ

I've been volunteering with a meal group for years. What will change?

No more shopping and no more meal planning! A professional chef will lead the program, handling meal planning, ingredient ordering, prep work, and training volunteers. To cover food costs and chef services, we’ll ask participating groups for a suggested donation of $300 per meal service.

What can we expect at the House?

Volunteer groups will still be a vital part of the kitchen! Instead of planning and shopping, volunteers will simply follow the chef’s plan and enjoy cooking together – a fun and rewarding experience.

When does this go into effect?

This program will officially launch on April 1st.

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