Meals2U is a free food delivery service that was created in response to the global pandemic. With more people being unable to leave their homes, Meals2U provides fresh, healthy and warm meals right to people’s doors. It is meant to operate solely as a short-term program for the duration of the pandemic. The program began in late spring of 2020, but unfortunately had to pause in the fall due to lack of funding. Once more funding was secured, the program began operating again in January of this year.
On average, the Meals2U program serves 50-60 households per week, providing up to 5 meals per household. At the height of the pandemic, Meals2U was operating 5 days a week — meaning food was being delivered from Monday through Friday. This year, however, Meals2U operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm-2pm only, to make the program more manageable for the kitchen staff and volunteers.
Meals are prepared out in the 5n2 kitchen by the kitchen staff and volunteers, and are then portioned out to individual servings and sent off with one of 20 volunteer delivery drivers. Food from the 5n2 community garden gets used to make meals depending on the availability or abundance of the garden’s harvest.
To sign up for the Meals2U free food delivery service, clients can visit the 5n2 website and click on “Request Now” in the pop-up on the main page. From there, they are taken to a Google form where they provide their contact details and address, indicate how many meals they are requesting, pick a delivery date, and choose whether they would like a vegetarian or non-vegetarian meal. These are the two meal options every week to choose and the menu changes weekly, depending on what rescued food is available to the kitchen.
Clients who are unable to access the website can call in to 5n2, where a staff member or volunteer will fill out the virtual form on their behalf. Each time a client wants to request a meal from Meals2U, they will need to fill out a new form. This service is restricted to residents of Scarborough only, with the exact boundaries visible on the map attached.