Food Circles: The Very Best Way to Help New Parents

What's the very best way to help parents with newborns? Feed them!


Slow-Cooker Tomato Soup
Photography by Carlo Mendoza

You likely already know that food is one of the best ways to help new parents. Simply ordering them a pizza or dropping off a bag of assorted groceries is one of the most appreciated gifts to help during those hazy-crazy newborn days.

This is why the idea of a food circle is brilliant. The concept is simple: rope in all of the new parents’ friends and family and ask them to commit to providing a dinner for one night (just one! So easy!). Create a schedule and assign each volunteer one night every two days, so there’s a day in between to eat up leftovers. Before you know it, you’ve got two months of dinners that the new parents don’t have to worry about! Just make sure to outline any food allergies or preferences before you start.

Have a lot of far-away friends who want to help? Provide a list of local takeout spots or delivery services—check out MamaLuv—that accept credit cards over the phone. And with today’s boom of online food delivery services ( has a great selection) getting a meal delivered to the new mom and dad’s door is a no-brainer.

You can even use MealBaby, a free online service that helps you organize a food circle easily.

Feeling inspired to help out? Here are some easy homemade meals—and one treat! —that you can make-ahead and hand-deliver:

Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole with Ricotta and Spinach
Monte Cristo Casserole
Slow-Cooker Tomato Soup
Butternut Squash Soup with Thai Curry and Coconut Milk
Chewy Chocolate Quinoa Oat Bars

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