MealTrain.com History (Wiki Article)

Wiki entry for MealTrain.com

Official History of Meal Train

About:

Meal Train LLC, is an American company founded in 2009.[1] It is the parent company of MealTrain.com, a social planning site that allows for the organization of meals around significant life events like births, surgeries, illnesses, deployment, and deaths. Meal Train LLC is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, USA[2] MealTrain.com is most famously known for inventing the term "Meal Train" which has become a common descriptor of the action of organizing meals around a significant life events. Meal Train LLC trademarked the service mark in 2010.[15]

History:

Meal Train LLC was formed in 2009 by Michael Laramee and Stephen DePasquale Jr and is registered in the State of Vermont.[3] After recognizing the complexity Kathleen Laramee was having organizing meals for the family of a new baby[4], Michael Laramee and Stephen DePasquale Jr developed MealTrain.com. The site went live on January 24 of 2010[5][6].

Site:

MealTrain.com allows members to organize a meal calendar for a friend after a birth, surgery, illness, etc [7]. This calendar helps organize friends and family members who want to sign up for a date and make and deliver a meal.[8] The organizer can add a story and a photo as well as make regular updates. Once the page is created, MealTrain.com allows users to share their page with friends and family through integrated social network links (Facebook, Instagram, etc.), e-mail, posters, sms, and an internal messaging tool. Invited participants can then view the calendar, review the recipients food preferences and sign up for a date to provide a meal.[9]

Social Impact:

September 2013: Over 2500 people receive a meal each night [10]

October 2016: Over 2 million people in 40 countries use MealTrain.com each month. [11]

June of 2018: MealTrain.com helps organize over 9,000 meals each night. [12]

January 2019: MealTrain.com organizes 300,000 meals each month. [13]

April 2020: MealTrain.com organizes over 1.5 million pages and has facilitated the delivery of some 42 million meals averaging 10 meals per recipient. [14]

Legal:

Meal Train LLC is the owner of the service mark MEAL TRAIN (Serial Number 77862045), registered on 7/13/2010. [15]

Notable Meal Train pages:

Mother of Triplets featured on NBC Nightly News

Meal Train recipient, Jessica Plorde, mother of triplets Alex, Asher and Jackson profiled on NBC Evening News. [16]

MealTrain.com helps arrange food deliveries to the frontline health care workers

Meal Train users use the service to bring together frontline workers, whom communities want to support, and restaurants that need business. [17][18]

Meal Train Dad

A father-to-be was dubbed the “meal train dad” for misusing a community strengthening website with picky request as he and his wife are expecting the birth of their newborn. [19][20][21]

Broadway Feeds Bellevue

Celia Keenan-Bolger and Gideon Glick use MealTrain.com to organize meals and donations for the hospital staff at Bellevue Hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. Andrew Rannells joins Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight with Jimmy Fallon to discuss how the site is helping support a NYC hospital.[22]

Bodie Miller and Morgan Miller

Meal Train page organized after the passing of their 19-month-old daughter, Emeline Grier Miller. [23]

Sarah Michelle Gellar organizes a Meal Train page in Support of Selma Blair

In support of Selma Blair, Sarah organize a Meal Train page which had participation from Reese Witherspoon and Constance Zimmer and was profiled in People Magazine.[24]

New Jersey Man Fakes Cancer

Man is accused of lying about having an illness to steal from those who offered to help him. [25]

MealTrain Around the World

Mother battling cancer New Zealand featured on the television show, The Project [38]

Notable Mentions in Popular Culture:

Married, FX, Episode: "Koreatown", 2015

Judy Greer's character, Lina Bowman is asked by a neighbor, “So you want to sign up for the Meal Train?”[26][27]

Transparent, Amazon, Episode: "Off the Grid", 2016

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman “Is this a postponement? Because I'm with this thing called Meal Train and I already put out my emails.”[28][29]

Atypical, Netflix, Episode: "Starters and Endings", 2017

Jennifer Jason Leigh as Elsa “For example, my way is to start a Meal Train for Donna and then sign up for the first six slots.”[34][35]

The Good Doctor, Hulu, Episode: "Two Ply or Not to Ply", 2018

Sheila Kelley as Debbie Wexler to Richard Schiff as Aaron Glassman, “I had signed up to bring you food at the hospital, the Meal Train that they set up?” Schiff: “The Meal Train, yeah…”[30][31]

Splitting Up Together, ABC, Episode: "Annie, Are you OK?", 2019

Jenna Fischer as Lena “Hey, you know what would be nice? If we organized a Meal Train for Lisa, that way she doesn’t have to worry about food when she gets home. I mean, I would have loved that.”[32][33]

New Amsterdam, NBC/Netflix, Episode: "The Island", 2019

Anupam Kher as Dr. Vijay Kapoor "Have you heard of Meal Trains? Perhaps I can conduct one." 33:10, [39]

Pivoting, Fox, Episode: "The Giving Tree", 2022

Eliza Coupe as Amy “Where did all this food come from?” to Colton Dunn as Brian “Meal Train…the women from our church.”; 9:38, Ginnifer Goodwin, as Jodie, to Eliza Coupe, as Amy, “Hey, shouldn't we be on the Meal Train?”; 15:33, Colton Dunn, as Brian, “Enjoy it because the Meal Train, it ends here.”[36][37]

Official Website

www.mealtrain.com

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