Join us on National Family Volunteer Day for meals that matter day of service.
On November 19, we’ll celebrate National Family Volunteer Day—a global day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods.
March of Dimes is encouraging families to come together on November 19 to help provide Meals that Matter. Supplying families with a meal can do so much—it provides nourishment and energy, supports self-care and can reduce financial stress. Moms and their families need all of our help to be healthy and strong. This is our time to come together and support one another.
No matter how you decide to participate, we’d love to see your #mealsthatmatter posts by tagging @marchofdimes.
1 Be a part of the village:
If you already know someone who is pregnant, a new parent or is struggling after the recent loss of a baby or pregnancy, ask if you can support them by providing a meal or by dropping off a favorite beverage to their doorstep. They might not be ready for visitors yet, but you can just leave it at their doorstep to keep everyone safe and happy while still providing support.
2 Become a volunteer Lasagna Chef
If you need help connecting with someone in your community who could use a meal, check out Lasagna Love, a March of Dimes partner that connects neighbors through homemade meal delivery and also seek to eliminate stigmas associated with asking for help—especially from parents— when it’s needed most.
3 Connect to a hospital partner to provide Meals that Matter:
To help provide a meal to a NICU/hospital partner in March of Dimes' network, it’s important to connect with the March of Dimes staff contact in your area first. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a follow up to determine a location that you can partner with given your volunteer interests. Depending on the relationship with the site, you might work directly with a contact at the hospital or through local March of Dimes staff.