Let's Do Dinner
Let’s Do Dinner! is…
A unique food drive that asks donors to shop 4 to 5 times a year (or just once) for a specific list of ingredients needed for a struggling family to cook one full, healthy dinner, and then bring those ingredients in a bag to your local workplace, social club or place of worship.
We get requests for help for food, often on weekends when food pantries are closed. Having a meal with a small gift card in a bag makes it easy to help a family in a emergency.
The mission is simple: to engage as many of us as possible 4 to 5 times a year (or once!) in an effort to feed our hungry neighbors, one neighborhood at a time.
How it works:
Seasons of Hope can provide a shopping list of ingredients that can each be used to make one specific dinner for a family of five, along with 4 corresponding recipes. (For example, one shopping list includes 2 boxes of pasta, 2 jars of sauce, fresh garlic.) Dinner donors each shop for all the ingredients from any one of the shopping lists (their choice) and then put all the ingredients and the recipe in a bag to donate.
You choose which months you’d like your group to participate. Then, on a prearranged day, usually during the third week of the month, donors bring their bag of groceries to their office, place of worship or social club, where a coordinator collects them. It’s that simple!
Please… remember to check expiration dates!
And just to clarify…. don’t cook the food. The family receiving the donation will do the cooking!
Example Shopping List:
Red Beans with Ham and Rice
2 15 ounce cans red beans
1 16-ounce canned ham
1 large onion
1 jar of red peppers
1 bottle Worcestershire sauce
1 jar dried thyme
1 jar bay leaves
1 Bag of white rice
Optional: Canola oil
Red Beans with Ham and Rice Servings: 5 Ingredients 2 15-ounce cans red beans 1 can 16 ounce canned ham, cut into ½ inch cubes 1 large onion, chopped 1-½ cups chopped celery 1 cup chopped red peppers 1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce Thyme to taste 1 bay leaf Salt and pepper to taste White rice (3 cups raw) 1 tbs. of canola oil 2 cups of water Instructions 1. Sauté the onion, celery and red peppers for about 4 minutes. 2. Then add the red beans, ham cubes, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and bay leaf. 3. Add two cups of water and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes. 4. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the bag. Add a clove of garlic to flavor the rice. When it is cooked remove the garlic clove. 5. Serve the rice with the beans and ham.