How mealTrain.com came to be:
In September 2009, Kathleen (wife of co-founder, Michael Laramee) volunteered to organize the giving of meals, known as a meal train, to support a neighborhood family after the birth of a new baby.
As the organizer, Kathleen made a list of the family’s meal preferences and preferred dates in addition to collecting names of friends and neighborhood parents who had expressed interest in participating in the meal train. Once the baby arrived, she sent an e-mail to each family asking them to contact her to book a night.
While enjoying her role, Kathleen was frequently asked the same questions from the potential givers "What days are they available? What do they like to eat? What have they already had? What don’t they like? Are there any allergies? How many should I cook for? Can I reschedule?" In addition, the recipient family was also asking questions "Who is delivering tonight? Can we invite more people? Someone just called and wants to bring something by, are we available? Can you tell people not to bring any more soup?"
As the number of participants grew, the process became difficult to keep organized. In discussing her challenges with Michael, he said "There has to be a better way."
Not finding a website or ready-made solution, Michael contacted friend and software developer, co-founder Stephen DePasquale, and mealTrain.com was born.
The goal continues to be to create a site that is easy-to-use, simplifies the process, and enhances all users’ experience so friends can support friends with meals after significant life events.