How many times in the past month have you gotten home after a long day at the office and had no idea what dinner was going to be? How many times have you finished a day at work only to be too exhausted to spend any time and energy to put a decent, nutritious meal together? How many times have you eaten out, or ordered take-out? For most of us it happens more often that we would like to admit.
An intriguing new business opened recently in Harrisonburg that may provide an answer for those looking for the comforts of a home-cooked meals to offset their busy lifestyle. Meals 4 Home, located on the corner of Liberty and Elizabeth, provides quality, home-style meals for professionals (and other busy folk) looking to add variety to their dining-at-home experience.
With pick-up times on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-7pm, Meals 4 Home offers a varied menu, including soups, stews, casseroles, chilis, lasagna, sides, and other traditional fare. Meals are prepared to serve two, and are priced reasonably, averaging $7 per person. Packaged to be easily transported, the refrigerated meals are ready to be heated and eaten upon your arrival home.
What’s so great about home-cooked meals? Perhaps more important than the food itself is the culture that surrounds sharing meals at home. It has been shown that:
- children who have regular meals with their parents do better in every way, achieving better grades, maintaining healthier relationships, and staying out of trouble.
- these children are 42% less likely to drink, 50% less likely to smoke, and 66% less likely to smoke marijuana.
- regular family dinners protect girls from bulimia, anorexia, and diet pills. Family dinners also reduce the incidents of childhood obesity.
Meals 4 Home’s central mission revolves around sharing food as a time for bonding and creating community. As general manager Jamie Eans says, “eating meals together at home is critical to the meaningful survival of the core social unit – family. It provides vital bonding opportunities and encourages caring, committed relationships.” In a culture that demands ever more of our time and energy be put toward work and other activities outside the home, who can argue with a warm meal that tastes like Mom made it?