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Freeze It Forward 2019 | 10th Anniversary Edition!

On February 1, 2019 by Tricia

Freeze it Forward for 2019 | Celebrating 10 Years!

We’re Celebrating our 10th Birthday at Once A Month Meals and We Want to Celebrate Through You!

That’s right! We have been in the business of making time for what matters most using freezing cooking for 10 YEARS! Holy cow!

In that time, we have had thousands of Once A Month Meals members and beyond make probably hundreds of thousands of freezer meals for themselves, their families, and friends!

That alone means that those families have spent less time in the kitchen and have stressed less (or not at all) about having meals ready every day at 6 PM! (Can we get a “hallelujah” for that!?) But seriously, what an amazing 10 years it has been.

What is Freeze it Forward?

Every year in February, we love to encourage our community to “Freeze it Forward” by making and then gifting deserving family and friends with freezer meals!

Not only that, but as February is the token month of “love,” it is always a great reason to reflect and look at the people around you and thank them for their love to you! Or, maybe it’s just time you share a little extra love with someone you know who needs it.

At the heart of our company is the desire to help others to make time for what matters, and to empower our community to serve those around them through food (because let’s be real, we all have to and love to eat!)

We all know someone who might be walking through a difficult or challenging season.

  • Single parents
  • Foster/adoptive parents
  • New parents
  • Military families
  • Families experiencing economic hardship
  • Those with compromised health
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • and SO many more

Well, we are ready and prepared to help equip you to help them, and we’re ready to do it in a BIG way!

The Freeze it Forward Pledge

With your help, we want to pledge to give away 1,000 freezer meals!

UPDATE: *We hit 1,000 meals before the 1st of February, so we have a new goal of 1,000 pledges!

How it Works:

1. Choose a Friend or Family in Need to Make Meals For!

Think of a family, friend, neighbor, or maybe even a total stranger to you who you know is walking through a tough season where a meal could provide some relief and encouragement.

2. Make Meals to Give Away (+ Receive a FREE Menu!)

If you plan on bringing or gifting someone freezer meals, use our FREE Budget Friendly Menu for the Slow Cooker or Instant Pot to make it easy when you make a pledge below!

3. Share The Story With Us!

We want to Freeze it Forward, and we want it to start with you! Share your stories, pictures, and more with us using #freezeitforward #onceamonthmeals #oamm



Step 1: Choose a Friend or Family in Need To Give Meals To.

Getting started is simple.

Think of a family, friend, neighbor, or maybe even a total stranger to you who you know is walking through a tough season where a meal could provide some relief and encouragement. 

Could you provide them a single meal, or 2, or even 5, to help them get through a hard work week at the office? Would it help feed their family after their major surgery? Maybe even aid in the recent diagnosis of a new-to-them disease or sickness?

Here are more ideas on WHO you can care for this season:

  • Having Money Troubles? Would providing a few extra meals help them in balancing their grocery budget, or making ends meet?
  • Starting a New Diet? Do they need help and encouragement to improve their health and wellness? Would some ready-made meals assist in starting their new diet because of a recent diagnosis?
  • Part of an Organization? Do you know an organization that helps provide meals and assistance to those in need? Could you help in making more meals for them to give away?
  • A New Mom? Give this to her in advance so she can stock her freezer before the baby comes! Or make meals for her!
  • Just Got Married? Help a newlywed learn to cook as they transition into a new stage of life!
  • Moving? In the Military? Help a family who recently moved into the area with meals as they transition to a new place.
  • Started A New Job? Help them meal plan in their transition.
  • Is Going Back-to-School? Teachers, bus drivers, graduate students & beyond appreciate support in healthy, at home eating
  • Struggling with Sickness? Show love and support to someone with an illness.
  • Elderly? Do you know an elderly couple or single who’s life would be easier with a few extra meals ready?
  • Single? Is there a single in your life pulling double duty? Work during the day and school at night? Help assist with dinner by providing them a few meals.

Step 2: Choose and Make Meals to Give Away!

Sign Up to Pledge Meals and Get A FREE Menu!

Use Our FREE Budget-Friendly Mini Menu!

If you plan on bringing or gifting someone meals, use our FREE Budget Friendly Menu to make it easy! When you pledge to make meals with our pledge form, we will send you our Budget-Friendly Mini Menu for the Slow Cooker OR Instant Pot via email as a thank you for sharing the love with others!

Receive access to ALL the instructions for this menu so making meals is easy!

  • A Grocery Shopping List organized by category for faster and easier shopping.
  • Prep Instructions to help you prepare all your ingredients ahead of time.
  • Step-by-step Cooking Day Instructions for fast and efficient freezer cooking.
  • Individual Recipe Cards with detailed cooking and freezing instructions.
  • Printable Labels for your freezer bags with thawing and reheating instructions.
  • A Thaw Sheet for a full list of your menu’s defrosting or reheating instructions.



Freeze it Forward WITH Us LIVE on Facebook!

Join our team members, Tricia and Ricki, as they walk you through our Budget-Friendly Menu for the Slow Cooker OR Instant Pot! Easy, Freezable, Make Ahead Budget-Friendly Recipes with Dump and Go Ingredients!

We’ll be making this entire menu, as well as sharing tips for meal planning within your budget!

*Get access to this menu when you make a pledge to Freeze it Forward with us!


Step 3: Share Your Story of Giving!

@thetraugotts show their packed freezer for the month! | #oamm #onceamonthmeals


@steveferg cooked all these Paleo Freezer Meals with his wife so they actually stick to their diet! | #oamm #onceamonthmeals

Tell Us The Story!

#freezeitforward #onceamonthmeals #oamm

We want to Freeze it Forward, and we want it to start with you!

Step 1: Snap a picture of the meals you made, or the recipient with their meals and share their story in your post!

Step 2: Add the hashtags #freezeitforward #onceamonthmeals #oamm to your post so we can share the love!

Step 3: Share it on Instagram or Facebook and tag us at @onceamonthmeals so we can share the story of spreading love and freezing it forward!

Easy-to-Gift Freezer Meals for Inspiration!

These meals are delicious, have simple ingredients, and are fast and easy to assemble!


More Resources

Economical Meal Planning Resources:

Freeze it Forward


Join the discussion
  1. February is my “busy” time with Valentine’s Day in a flower shop so I did this in October 2018 for a local mom. She has 3 kids and was pregnant with #4, as well as navigating a new “single mom” status. I used the baby shower form and made 12 meals plus snacks & sides as her baby shower gift. It was so fun! She also is a new instant pot user so I could assemble a variety of meal styles for her! I printed off recipes used, with some instant pot tips/tricks (how to make baby food, sterilize bottles, etc) and put in binder for her. She was SO EXCITED to get such a stress relieving gift! Freezing it Forward was my inspiration! It was super easy with the menu planner. I made one meal for her & one for myself! Stocked 2 freezers in one kitchen session! YES!!

    1. Thank you so much Meredith! We’re so happy that you were inspired to freeze it forward and sharing with us how you did so!

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