The Sophia Way | Donate Meals
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Donate Meals

Provide nourishing meals

Sophia’s Place Day Center

We provide lunch for the women who visit during the day. Meals are needed for up to 40 women, every day of the week/ 365 days of the year!

Click on the Calendar button and fill out the form with your preferred date(s). We will sign you up, and make sure you have all the information you need to provide the meal(s).

Sophia’s Place Night Shelter

We serve dinner every evening and breakfast every morning, seven days a week/ 365 days a year, to the 21 women who stay at our shelter.

Click on the Calendar button and fill out the form with your preferred date(s). We’ll sign you up, and make sure you have all the information you need to provide the meal(s).

Emergency Winter Shelter

Our EWS opens on October 15th.

We provide dinner and breakfast to everyone who spends the night at the shelter. The shelter will stay open until May 15, 2018.

Click on the button to sign up to provide meals and help nourish our women during the winter months.


You can donate meals to any/all of our three programs.

The Sophia Way provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the women at Sophia’s Place and dinner at the Emergency Winter Shelter. We depend on the generosity of our volunteers to provide these meals.

Due to building codes, meals cannot be cooked at Sophia’s Place. We therefore ask you to bring a prepared meal; we have ovens and dishes can be warmed/reheated and served. We also provide bowls, serving spoons, and other serving essentials at the shelter.

Cooking meals for a large group could be daunting for one person, but it’s a great way to get together with friends and family, have some fun, and help give our women a nourishing meal. Many of our women have diabetes or other health challenges, so we try to give them healthy meals.

You and/or your group can stay and serve the meal, or just drop it off – it’s entirely up to you. You can also sign up to do this once a month, make it a regular event, or just do it once in a while!

Is it your first time donating a meal and you are not sure what to bring? Or have you been donating meals for years but are running out of ideas? Here is a list that one of our regular food donors Sue Ford came up with to help other food donors who are looking for some meal inspiration!

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and soy free options or sides are always appreciated.

This list is not all-encompassing so please feel free to donate your favorite meal to cook or your favorite comfort food!

Homemade or premade soups
Hamburger Soup
Lentil Soup
Split Pea Soup
Vegetable Beef Soup
Minestrone Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Vegetable Soup (Costco)
Chicken Tortilla Soup (Costco)
Chili (with or without beans)

Spinach Salad
Quinoa Salad
Pasta Salad
Antipasto Salad
Macaroni Salad
Potato Salad
Fruit Salad
Asian Salad Mix (Costco)
Kale/Brussels Sprouts Salad Mix (Costco)

Tuna Salad
Egg Salad
Chicken Salad
Deli Meats and Cheeses
*Sandwiches are a good option, have the ladies pick from any variety of sandwich fillings and pair with salad or soup.

Main Dishes
Baked or Grilled Chicken
Meat Loaf
Pork Loin
Pulled Pork
Pulled Chicken
Curry (Meat, Vegetable, or Legume)
Chipotle Black Bean Burgers (Costco)
Angus Burgers (Costco)

Chicken and Rice
Shepherds Pie
Tuna Casserole
Vegetable Lasagne
Enchiladas (Beef, Chicken or Cheese)
Eggplant Parmesan
Macaroni and Cheese
Chili Mac
Beef Stew
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Beef Stroganoff
Baked Beans
Fried Rice

Any fresh vegetables are greatly appreciated. Here are some favorites, simply oven roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Zucchini or Yellow Squash
Butternut Squash
Brussels Sprouts

Frozen or Canned Vegetables
Green Beans
Lima Beans
Mixed Vegetables

Baked Potato Bar
With russet potatoes or a mix of russet and sweet potatoes with various fillings (butter, cheese, broccoli, sour cream, bacon bits, scallions, chili).
Tip: Potatoes can be wrapped in foil, baked in advance and kept warm in a beverage cooler…they will stay hot 4-5 hours. Great option when you add a salad!

Taco Bar
Soft tortillas, hard taco shells, or tortilla chips with various toppings (beans, rice, meat, corn, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsas).
Lettuce or mixed greens could provide a base for a taco salad, too.