Heidi, who is a part of our Food Tidings community, recently shared with me about a group she is a part of called Funky Freezer Girls. The founder of the group, Jackie, was tired of not having time to make great meals from scratch, so she decided to do something about it. And not only that, but her and her girlfriends who are in this group are really making a difference in their community.. using food.
Each month they get together and bring 14 meals that they’ve made in 8×8 pans (all the same meal), and they distribute them to the 13 ladies in their group. What about the 14th meal everyone made? Those get passed out amongst the group as well, and they call them “ministry meals”. So each person goes home with 13 different meals for their families to be used for the month, as well as one ministry meal. They decide together as a group which family they will bless that month with all 13 of the ministry meals. How amazing is that?
I LOVE this idea! I would imagine this would help them to be thinking about those around them all the more, which is a beautiful thing because when we’re thinking about others, it takes the focus off ourselves. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I could stand to think less of me, and more of others.
Heidi said she has been using Food Tidings for about 2 years now through another MOM’s group she’s a part of at her church. She said, “In fact, the family who we’re going to be blessing with our September ministry meal had a baby at the end of July and we’re just now blessing them because they had so many friends sign up on their Food Tidings site that we’ve been waiting for the “excitement” to die down. Most of the people we’ve blessed have not been part of our MOMS group, but the couple of times they have, we’ve come in after the Food Tidings meals have stopped.” Isn’t that cool? It’s thinking outside the “box”, and I just love it!
She also added, “ONE of the amazing things about our ministry meals is how often they are for a “friend of a friend” so most of the time we’re making these meals for a complete stranger. In May, 2011 the recipient of our meals was a college friend of mine I’d reconnected with on Facebook. I hadn’t seen her in almost 15 years but when I found out she and her husband both lost their jobs at the same time I knew there was something we could do. I asked the other girls and they all agreed this would be a great family to minister to. The first time I saw this woman in 15 years was when I showed up on her doorstep with a stack of homemade meals made by my friends! Heather’s reaction was priceless and I remember thinking “THIS is why we do what we do . . . “
If anyone is interested in making a group like this, contact Heidi or Jackie from the Funky Freezer Girls through their facebook page, and they can answer any questions you may have. If we band together, we can truly make a HUGE difference in the lives of others. Let’s get out there and do it!