Don’t you love meeting kindred spirits? While I had never actually met the people at the Joy Bus Diner, as soon as I saw their tagline, “Making our valley a happier place one meal at a time” and their mission to deliver meals to cancer patients, I knew we must be kindred spirits.
In fact, something kept drawing me to their work; from a Costco magazine write up to social media posts, I kept running into them; so I had to find out more. They are a local Arizona organization, the birthplace of Food Tidings and our home base for operations. While their service is targeted to a specific area in Phoenix, it’s too good not to share with everyone. At the very least, I hope others will be inspired to create a “community that cares” in their local area; a goal that Food Tidings and The Joy Bus mutually share.
The Joy Bus is a Not for Profit organization whose sole purpose is to relieve the daily struggles of homebound cancer patients with a fresh Chef Inspired meal and a friendly face. Like Food Tidings, The Joy Bus aims to relieve the burden put on families during this time. Seems like a match made in “meaningful meals” heaven, right?
“The Joy Bus is a nonprofit organization that delivers fresh, chef-inspired meals, social support, and nutrition education at no cost to homebound cancer patients within a 10 mile radius of 32nd Street and Shea Blvd in Phoenix. We deliver a meal each Friday and the meal is just half the fun, our clients also get paired with an awesome volunteer who is there for them to chat with and help in anyway they can. If a potential client is located outside of our delivery radius we do encourage them to still reach out as we try to make small exceptions wherever we can.”TheJoyBusDiner.com
While The Joy Bus provides meals once a week, this is where Food Tidings complements their efforts. A Food Tidings meal schedule allows family, friends and co-workers to organize and rally, both near and far, to support cancer patients with meals they may need at other times. Being “kindred spirits”, my hope is that we both continue to serve as a resource to inspire, encourage and support cancer patients and their families, all week long.
Knowing people care about you can do wonders in the process of cancer treatment. All it takes is one person to get rolling; on “The Joy Bus” and/or with a “Food Tidings” meal schedule. Just imagine the difference we can make, together!
If you or someone you know in the local, Phoenix area can benefit from their services, I hope you’ll jump on board and check them out. Whether you need assistance or not, you can support The Joy Bus mission by stopping by The Joy Bus Diner and enjoying a meal that pays it forward; as all proceeds support The Joy Bus operations.
Let’s keep making meals meaningful and enjoy the ride, as we spread tidings of food, comfort and joy.
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I loved FoodTidings.com at first sight. My husband and I had the opportunity to join the Food Tidings team in 2011 as Partners, after meeting the original co-founders at our church. I have a Bachelors in Public Administration from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and a Masters in Health Services Administration/Strategic Planning & Marketing from The George Washington University. We planned my early retirement from the market 3 kids in and was blessed with a 4th to complete us; finishing with 2 boys & 2 girls. Our oldest is now launched, happily married and proudly serving in the Air Force, while the three at home keep us on our toes, amazed and inspired. As a full-time Wife and Mom, this website is my side-gig that serves as a personal ministry for our family. Seeing caring communities created, hope spread and generosity in action continues to be a motivator for all of us. Matt 5:16
It was my lucky day. I was searching for a hearty, Irish meal for St. Patrick’s Day a couple of years ago, and discovered this recipe from The Cookie Rookie. It was like finding a pot of gold at the end of a dinner-recipe-search rainbow!
I’ll have to admit, I’m personally not a beer drinker. However, I love Ireland and find the history of the Guinness family interesting. A few years ago, I got to tour the Guinness Storehouse/Brewery in Dublin, Ireland and managed to get down the traditional class of Guinness at the end. I still have the glass to prove it. It was a fun experience and I’d highly recommend the tour, with or without the ending taste “test”. This recipe flooded me with memories of that trip and I had to try it.
Whether you are a beer fan or not, the aroma of this “Irish Stew” will fill your home with cooking-happiness and the flavor of this stew will leave a lasting impression. It’s hearty, comfort food at its best. Don’t miss out.
This recipe comes with our family’s “Van Dyke Seal of Approval”; which is among an elite few (it can be tough getting 6 people to agree, sometimes!). In fact, it immediately became one of our son’s favorite meals; so much so, he requested it as his “Birthday Meal” (over a restaurant choice). Since then, it’s been in the regular dinner rotation in our house; especially during the cooler months.
So, go ahead and add a little “Irish” to your dinner or someone else’s.
Ingredient prep is simple and goes quick.
Ready to cook! My trusty crock pot is still my friend; but on my busy days, my Instant Pot is my fast and fun BFF.
(Adapted from Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie’s “Irish Guinness Beef Stew (Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew”)
PREP TIME: 15 min
COOK TIME: 8 hrs – Slow Cooker; 1 hr 20 min – Instant Pot
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Food Tidings Blog Contributor
I loved FoodTidings.com at first sight. My husband and I had the opportunity to become a Food Tidings Partner in 2011, after meeting the original co-founders at our church. I have a Bachelors in Public Administration from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) and a Masters in Health Services Administration, emphasis in Strategic Planning & Marketing from The George Washington University. We planned my early retirement from the market 3 kids in and was blessed with a 4th to complete us; finishing with 2 boys & 2 girls. Our oldest is now launched, happily married and proudly serving in the Air Force, while the three at home keep us on our toes, amazed and inspired. As a full-time Wife and Mom, this website is my side-gig that serves as a personal ministry for our family. Seeing caring communities created, hope spread and generosity in action continues to be a motivator for all of us. Matt 5:16
Ok, let’s be honest shall we? Sometimes we get a Food Tidings invitation and we want to help the family but, we DON’T.WANT.TO.COOK.A.MEAL!
This doesn’t just happen to me, does it? Anyone? Well, today I am going to let you in on a tip. The meal you bring does not have to be homemade. There, I said it. Is a homemade meal yummy? Of course! But, the main reason you are providing a meal is to take pressure off a family or someone you care about in their time of need. Usually, the reason for the Food Tiding schedule is taking up their time and emotions, so you’re just trying to help them not worry about a simple thing like what to eat. It doesn’t matter where the food actually comes from or who exactly made it. If it’s edible, it counts and will be appreciated. I think that’s something we can all agree on.
At Food Tidings, we simplify it for our schedule Participants by offering the option to “Send a Meal“, straight from the schedule page, that is made by a gourmet chef’s kitchen. For those of us that have those days when we just don’t want to cook, they are waiting and willing to do it for us. Check out the made-for-you-meal options in our Shoppe, anytime. Not only are their meals extremely “edible”, but they are very tasty, get high reviews and they ship nationwide via FedEx.
Trust us, these are NOT your average frozen ‘TV dinners’ and offer a great alternative to ‘fast food’ when you want to provide a real home-style meal. The meals offered in our Shoppe are freshly made with the best ingredients, flash frozen to seal in flavor and shipped in a cooler with dry ice to make the trip to your Recipient. The Recipient will be able to use the meal the day it arrives, or it can be refrigerated or frozen to use at their future convenience. It is great quality, will represent you well and very thoughtful.
Whether you’re local and not up for cooking this time or you live far away and are not able to drop off a meal – the “Send a Meal” option will make it easy to participate and still let the Food Tiding family know you are thinking of them. So, next time that email shows up and the desire to serve is high but you’re motivation to cook is low, order them a tasty meal and still send your love! They’ll appreciate it all the same.
Food Tidings Blog Contributor
After being the recipient and participant in many meal schedules, my husband and I co-founded Food Tidings in 2007. We have 8 children, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 9 chickens, 1 hedgehog and 2 bunnies (yes, we are THAT fun) 🙂 When I’m not on wife or mom duty, I love photography and capturing family moments, for other families and my own, to treasure.
home cooked or delivered are welcomed
I wanted to share a recipe for a quick, easy, and delicious meal that my family and I have really been enjoying lately. It gets two thumbs up from all four of our kids; and let me tell you, that can be challenging. It’s “Mississippi Pot Roast”, a recipe adapted from simplyhappyfoodie.com. Made in the Instant Pot, it literally fell apart when I opened the lid (which is a good thing for roasts, in my book!), and it took quite a bit of willpower to wait to eat it until dinner time! The amazing smell seemed to lure each of the kids to the kitchen, and I had to tell them we’re “closed” until dinner so it wasn’t gone before then. HA!
This would definitely be an awesome meal to bring to a friend or family member who is going through a transitional time in their life: had a baby, sick, going through treatment for cancer, recovering from surgery, just moved, has a chronic illness, a caregiver for a family member who is sick, or those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. We suggest taking it in some kind of container that you don’t mind getting back or something that is disposable.
We know it’s easy to get into a dinner making slump or get stuck on what to take as a Food Tidings meal. It’s always helpful to have ideas coming from friends. 🙂 We’d love to hear what your favorites have been lately – please share on our FaceBook page with #FoodTidings!
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Food Tidings Blog Contributor
Hello to our amazing Food Tidings community! My husband and I co-founded Food Tidings in 2007. It’s been amazing to watch it grow the way it has, and be such a wonderful tool for SO many people all over the world!
Wow. What a gameday win! You’ll be the talk of the town if you do this for your super bowl party. While it looks like it’ll take you days to construct, it’s actually pretty doable in a short time since drinks make up most of the structure.
Know someone that’ll be staying in for the Super Bowl? Think how a mini-stadium…or well, maybe a gift basket of snacks might pump up their game. There’s always a good time for a Food Tiding!
Let us know if you attempt the stadium or a simple gift. Post your pics on our Food Tidings FB page, we’d love to see them and be inspired!
Here’s the blueprint on how to make it!
Here’s how’s it’s done:
Anyone else think that sometimes the hardest part about dinner is planning what to make? Whether it’s for your family or a Food Tiding you’re dropping off for a neighbor, it can feel overwhelming. Dinner themes may be the ticket. Pick a theme for each night of the week and relieve some of the pressure by narrowing it down. Even if the meal is for another family, they’ll love that you’ve “included” them with your family theme and appreciate the food and gesture. So go for it, two meals for the planning of one.
An added bonus…our kids are creatures of habit, so they love the predicability and I love that they don’t ask me, “What’s for dinner” a million times. Win-win.
Here are some ideas to start your brainstorming, have fun with it. Let us know what your favorites are on Facebook with #FoodTidings!