Our church often cooks for a homeless shelter (bi-monthly). To make a long story short, I kinda volunteered myself and my mom to head up next month's meal.
We need to come up with a meal plan for 200 in addition to food shopping and recruiting additional cooks and servers! To offset the cost to the church I was planning to ask area grocery stores (including Whole Foods and Trader Joe's) for food donations.
Armed with a few preliminary ideas, I was hoping you would help me brainstorm healthy and economical meal ideas that can be made a few days ahead and reheated.
Here are some of my early ideas for the main entree:
1. Several hams (ideally donated by local stores) and scalloped or au gratin potatoes.
2. Chicken pot pie (made in large pans)
3. Roasted or baked chicken (breasts, thighs, legs, etc...)...what sort of recipe, I don't know.
Sides could include veggies and salad. For dessert, I was thinking about apple crisp.
I would love to hear your menu ideas and learn from the experience of others who had similar experiences!