Types of Meal Recipients
There are two kinds of meal recipients: individual clients and congregate clients. Here’s how they’re different:
- Individual Clients: Meals are typically packaged in individual meal containers and are delivered week to week to the same person at their house or an agency. Individual clients must:
- Be referred to the Campus Kitchen for services through a Social Worker or a Case manager who regularly supports the clients needs.With the safeguard of a social worker or case manager, the Campus Kitchen can be assured of the clients’ safety and that the Campus Kitchen can notify someone if there is a concern with the client.
- Have the facilities (microwave or stove) to reheat Campus Kitchen meals or meal can be consumed cold.
- Have the facilities to store the meals if not consumed immediately (refrigerator)
- Will be home during the two-hour window that the Campus Kitchen delivers meals
- Live in a neighborhood that is safe for volunteers to visit
- Do not have significant dietary restrictions
- Congregate Clients: Meals are typically packaged in large “hotel pans” that hold enough for 10 – 30 people, and are delivered to an agency and served “family style.” Congregate clients must:
- Have an operational Kitchen that is licensed by the local health department
- Have a sink for food preparers to safely wash hands
- Have parking available for Campus Kitchen volunteers
- Have table service (plates, silverware, and napkins for meals to be served)
- Will be available during the designated time that the Campus Kitchen will deliver meals
- Are located in a neighborhood that is safe for volunteers to visit
- Can accept meals that have varied menus: A client can be promised a protein, starch, vegetable, and dessert. Because meals are created from donated food products, clients who want/need a specific menu established 1 week before meal delivery may not be a good fit for Campus Kitchen meals.