I saw this story on The Today Show in September and wanted to learn more. Once I found out that someone in our area was participating I knew I had to talk to her and see how to help spread the word.
Here is a letter from Suzanne on how she got started and how you can help, or receive help if you are in need.
“I started with Lasagna Love back in September of this year after I saw the story run on The TODAY Show. Rhiannon Menn started it back in March in her kitchen when the pandemic started because she wanted to help her family, friends, neighbors who were losing their jobs and/or exposed to Covid. Prior to The TODAY show, there were about 300 Lasagna Mamas nationwide. Now there are over 2000 of us.
When I saw the show, I didn’t hesitate to volunteer because being Italian, I can make lasagna in my sleep. LOL What I didn’t expect was because I was the first to sign up in Houston, the Core Lasagna Mama team asked me to be a Regional Leader for Houston and surrounding areas. So I match Lasagna Mamas with family requests and I see comments about how so many families are struggling. So sad.
All lasagna ingredients are donated by each Lasagna Mama and we have some who make 2-3 each week and then some who make one per month. It’s completely up to the LM. Some LM’s get donations from stores, bakeries, etc… We should have our 501C3 by next month which will make getting donations easier. We are always looking for more help and anyone can sign up on the website. www.LasagnaLove.org
Lasagna Love’s success is strictly due to word of mouth, Facebook, Instagram, and NextDoor posts. There is no structured advertising. It’s amazing how much it’s grown in just a short time. You can become a Lasagna Mama, Sponsor a Lasagna Mama, and even request a meal delivery all on the website.
Any struggling family can request a lasagna via the website or anyone can request for a recipient they know who might not ask for themselves.
My donation of time and food is nothing compared to the amount of satisfaction that I feel when I drop off meals. I’ve had mothers cry at the door in appreciation. So many thank you texts and messages long after I’ve left.