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Freeze it Forward

Freeze It Forward with Once A Month Meals

Let me ask you a question: Are you full

Is your table full of food? Are the chairs full family and friends? Is your freezer full of ready to eat meals? Is your house full of comfortable furniture? Your desk full of technology? Your garage full of cars, and tanks full of gas? Kids’ playroom of toys? Closet full of clothes?

Now let me ask you this: Are you fulfilled

Do you enjoy time with people you love? Are you grateful for the abundance? Do you take the time to consider those who have less? Do you plan to share? Or is your schedule, your life, and your mind all so full that your forget to say, “thank you” and “how can I help you.”

I confess that I am often full but not fulfilled. I am by nature a task oriented person, and I easily become bogged down in checking things off of my to do list instead of checking in with people. A simple text to say, “how are you?” A plate of cookies for a neighbor. A play date with a stressed out momma. Paying for a coworker’s coffee, lunch, etc. Putting my phone down and really listening to my kids.

We love food at OAMM – obviously. We love seeing the freezer stocked full of meals. But we also want to challenge you to live fulfilled lives. We have all heard, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Don’t just freeze food. Freeze it forward! 

We challenge you to get your head out of your checklist and check in with your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, church family, even a stranger. Find someone in your life who would be grateful to receive a freezer meal and share one (or more) with them.

To keep each other accountable for the challenge, we are going to ask you to share what you do here in the comments or through social media (leaving out names for the sake of privacy if needed). Pick your favorite: we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Google+. Don’t forget the hashtag #freezeitforward so that we can find it easily.

It is that simple. Bless someone with a meal and share the experience with the OAMM community from March 16-22

We will be posting some helpful tips this week for you such as which foods gift well and how to package and deliver them. But first we just want to get you started thinking about to whom you will give. Maybe the answer was clear as soon as you received the challenge, but if not, here is a list to help you brainstorm or maybe to expand your list!

  • someone who lives alone or is single
  • widows and widowers

    Here are a few single serving meals I (Kim) prepared for an elderly member of my church.

    Here are a few single serving meals I (Kim) prepared for an elderly member of my church.

  • newlyweds who are still learning to cook (give it to them in a pretty serving dish they can keep)
  • those who are elderly or shut in and struggle to cook for themselves (don’t forget to visit with them too!)
  • a family that is struggling financially or recently unemployed
  • a family that relies on seasonal work (i.e. construction) for their main income
  • someone struggling with chronic illness (cancer, auto-immune, etc.) or recovering from surgery
  • women who are expecting a baby or have just had a baby (especially if they have older children to cook for)
  • families with a baby in the NICU
  • military families (especially those who are parenting alone during deployment)
  • someone who is getting ready to move or has just moved into a new home
  • foster parents or adoptive parents, especially those who may have just welcomed children into their home
  • moms or dads parenting alone (could be a permanent situation or a temporary one like travel)
  • families who have recently lost a loved one
  • someone who deserves a thank you for what they do in the community (pastor, teacher, emergency responder, ER nurses and doctors, etc.)
  • say thank you to someone who is special to you (your boss, your parents, a friend who has given to you in your time of need, a hostess gift, etc.)
  • missionaries who have returned on furlough
  • that friend or family member who just doesn’t like to cook
  • someone who has just been diagnosed with an allergy or food sensitivity and needs help getting started on a new lifestyle
  • someone who is renovating or having construction done in their home
  • those who have suffered a natural disaster
  • anyone who has a stressful, busy schedule!
  • Be creative! Any more ideas? Please share in the comments!

Just to summarize:

The challenge: Gift a freezer meal and share with the OAMM community using #freezeitforward or in the comments below.

The date: March 16-22

The goal: The one who gives and one who receives will be both full and fulfilled.

Want to share your #freezeitforward with everyone? Use one of our badges below to post as your Facebook profile picture, on Instagram or other social media! Be proud that you’re helping others!

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9 Responses to “Freeze it Forward”

  1. Mary says:

    My sons and husband just filled our freezer with fresh fish from the lake. I have not started freezer food for the month yet, but will look into it. BUT I can give some frozen packages of fresh fish to my elderly neighborhood friends that cannot fish anymore.

  2. Jacqueline says:

    Done! Made extras of 8 dinners for my dad – he’s out of work and only receiving his government pension, so I’ve made extra for him. Unfortunately there’s not much money left over for food once his bills are paid, so every little bit helps.

  3. Tamera says:

    I have never purposefully done freezer meals, just froze leftovers. I am pregnant with my second child and am a SAHM/work from home mom and have been looking for something to feel more fulfilled in my life and do something for others, especially after relocating for my husbands job. We recently found out my husbands uncle has cancer and I have been wanting to do something to help and think this will be perfect. I thought about a hot meal but don’t want to make them feel pressured if they have plans or whatever. This way I can do a few options and it’s there at their convenience! Great challenge!!

  4. Rebecca A says:

    I organize a group that meets one or twice a month to cook 6-10 freezer meals in a few hours. We have been meeting for several years now. We meet at my church and cook at least one set of each meal to leave in the freezer at church. We package them in servings for two to four people so it’s not a large amount of food for elderly people. Our church cooks a meal on Wednesday nights and will deliver to shut ins or people who call in meal request. They often send a freezer meal with the delivery person, so there is a hot meal that night and one took cooker later that week. My groups freezer meals have went to people home from the hospital, new moms, shut ins and even people off the street who come in looking for food. My favorite story about who we helped was a young couple who had been taking care of a grandparent. She passed away and the whole family came into town for the funeral. The young couple didn’t have money or means to feed the extended family so the called the church looking for help. We were able to take several meals out of the freezer to them to help feed the family. Food is something we all need and it is great to be able to help people while cooking for my family.

  5. Rebecca A says:

    I also was able to use some after the November tornado that hit Washington Illinois last year. My family has food allergies and I know of several people who had damage or lost their homes. While most people can eat from the Red Cross and the tons of other meal services that came to town, people with food allergies can’t. I would fix a hot meal for them and bring along another one or two that could be slow cooked in a hotel room. One family had been living off peanut butter and granola bars because they knew they couldn’t trust anything else. Having one or two meals that are easy prep with no allergies are great to keep on hand for families with allergies. Just be sure to take precautions not to cross contaminate them.

  6. Dana says:

    Today I dropped off a freezer meal to a foster family who just got a sibling set placement. I also try to make a few extra freezer meals every month with the purpose of giving it away. It was really helpful last week when another friend got a foster placement and another friend got sick. It’s nice to know that I can help since I already have meals frozen and don’t have to stress out my family to make it happen.

    • Amy says:

      That is wonderful that you can help those foster family. I am a foster mom. When you are trying to get kids unpacked and welcomed. Dinner is the last thing that you think about. What a blessing you to those families.

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