Sending food is a big part of how people show their support for the grieving family when someone passes away.  However, it can become overwhelming when so much food arrives at same time.  Here are some things to keep in mind to help you out and manage it all.

  • Clean out the fridge and freezer as much as possible. For food  you want to keep but won’t need during the shiva or mourning period, ask your neighbour if you can keep them in their freezer or fridge for you.
  • Make sure you have enough containers for leftovers.
  • If you don’t have a large coffee pot and hot water urn, see if you can borrow one for coffee and tea.  
  • Sharpie and Ziploc bags are good things to have in the kitchen to manage leftover food. [May want to link here to the managing leftovers content]
  • Identify an organization in your neighbourhood where you can donate any leftover food.
  • Make sure you have hard boiled eggs ready for the mourners as they arrive to the shiva house after the funeral (Jewish custom).

Don’t forget to make sure that the first meal is organized.  Typically, many people come back to the house after the funeral and burial. While not necessary to feed everyone a complete meal, it is nice to have food out in a buffet style for people to nibble on.

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