The Daily Feed: How to Avoid 12 Lasagnas

Last week I posted here about how we tend to give food to commemorate a birth or mourn a death. Today I’m following up with two resources that make it easier for both the giver, and receiver, during times of high stress. 

Whether you’ve just had a baby, suffered an injury, or are mourning the loss of a loved one, several websites streamline food donations from multiple parties. They generally operate under the very reasonable premise that no one wants 12 lasagnas to arrive on the same night, or even the same week, and most allow registrants to list any food allergies, preferences, or aversions.

Think of them as wedding registries, but for food.

Meal Train provides a colorful calendar where friends and family can book slots by time and date. There are separate fields where the requestor can note special dietary needs and list preferred drop-off times. Here’s a sample page. The layout is well-organized and user-friendly.

Meal Baby also provides a sign-up calendar. In addition to home cooked meals, registrants can indicate if they’d prefer gift cards to local restaurants, and there’s also a button for donating food to the hungry. The site is easy to use.

So the next time you or a friend needs a few weeks’ worth of meals, check out these options. Either that, or prepare for lasagnapalooza.


Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.

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