On June 18 our community of support helped us launch Meals that Mend. Through this program our families are provided with comforting and nutritious meals when they need it most. This is a volunteer-led program that works to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to families staying at the House and even lunch deliveries every Friday to the hospital when families can’t leave their child’s bedside.

The launch saw three meals and numerous snacks provided to our 32 families throughout the day. Breakfast was celebrated with the introduction of our new Breakfast Station which provides our families access to nutritious cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt and more 24 hours per day. Rotary Club of Parkland After Dark joined us to celebrate; they announced that they will sponsor the costs of the Breakfast Station for the entire month of July. With the help of Global Edmonton coverage that morning, they also issued a challenge to other local Rotary International clubs to do the same.

As is their Thursday custom, CPS Missionaries baked homemade cinnamon rolls, cookies and squares. Glow Juicery and Organic Box also delivered their weekly Thursday juicing service, providing 50 bottles of nutritious and delicious fresh fruit and vegetable juice into the fridge.

Lunch saw Team Ledcor providing a soup and sandwich lunch for our House families, as well as delivering 50 bagged lunches to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. This is a weekly program called Fuel For Families Powered by Ledcor and a great opportunity for team building during a company’s business hours. Since Ledcor began powering the program in May 2014, over 2,800 bagged lunches have been served to hospital families, saving those same families almost $30,000 and providing over 900 extra hours that they could spend with their sick child.

Dinner was a Celebrity BBQ with DivaQ Danielle Bennet Dimovski at the grill and almost 20 volunteers comprised of local chefs and ‘foodies’ rallied by Get Cooking Edmonton to prepare and support the service of the meal. The menu was hearty and unique, and the camaraderie of all involved provided much lightness and laughter in the House. Danielle’s wit was equal to her incredible talents at the BBQ, and we were even able to meet her family through FaceTime.

Our community connected in new and familiar ways to our House and families via comfort and food. Our families heard loud and clear that their community cares about their nutrition and their well-being. And we were able to reiterate that our community will always have a ‘place at our table’ through Meals that Mend.

Click here to watch a fun photo montage of the Meals that Mend launch day.