Helping Families when a child is in the Hospital

Tip #2 – Food

Photo of Lasagna in Baking Dish

When it comes to bringing food to a family, think comfort food balanced with healthy options. If you visit, bring a nice salad for mom or dad. Maybe send fruit baskets and not just yummy treats. If you’re planning to bring or send meals for the family at home (and by the way this is a huge help), try as best you can to coordinate with others. Maybe even use an online site to organize who is giving what and when, sites like are really great. And as nice as it is, it’s not as helpful to receive 7 lasagnas in two days as it is to have a variety of meals that come spread over weeks and months (and please remember, meals for the family at home will continue to be helpful long after the child is released from the hospital.) In addition, don’t forget about lunch and breakfast food in addition to dinners.

Published: 11/05/2018 

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Jason Stearns 

Serves as Executive Director and as President of the Board of Directors for Heart of Grace 

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 Heart of Grace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to help long-term hospitalized children and their families in need, with non-medical financial needs.