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The "1-800-FLOWERS" of Casseroles

I’m Farrel DeBaltzo, and The Acts Kitchen began as a simple healthy homemade meal delivery service out of my home kitchen in March of 2020.

My husband, Zack, and I were both born with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic illness that destroys the respiratory and digestive systems over time. Due to our lifelong need for a high calorie diet (caused by complications from the illness) that also avoids certain triggers known to worsen symptoms (such as dairy, gluten, and MSG, among others), “healthing up” my favorite comfort food recipes became a hobby of mine as the severity of my illness progressed.

Hence, the mission to create real good, feel good food for others to enjoy with their own families, over their own tables, was born.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Zack and I noticed a shift as customers began ordering not only for themselves, but for others as well. The Acts Kitchen was often called upon to either bless nurses, other frontline workers, and the elderly on our customers’ dime, with the same meals they themselves had enjoyed; or they would pay double, triple, even quadruple the cost of their meals to donate to future families we might hear of in need.

This beautiful “pay it forward” theme has become my favorite part of this ministry, and one we jokingly and lovingly refer to as “the 1-800-FLOWERS of casseroles”.

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Ultimately, our hearts lie in goals much bigger than ourselves: Providing real good, feel good food to our community. Bolstering faith. Dealing hope. And getting back to the basics of loving one another, in all ways, at all costs. It does not lie in making a living for ourselves.

For this reason, all meals we provide are free of charge. And while we do accept donations, all funds that enter The Acts Kitchen stay within The Acts Kitchen, and enable us to host frequent community outreaches and bless families as we hear of them in need. We make zero personal profit.

I used to be scared of small beginnings, like launching a project of this magnitude with little more than my tiny kitchen, some to-go boxes, and a love of sharing good food to offer.

Now, I’m just excited for the dream, and the chance to share and serve as best I can with what I’ve been given.

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out The Acts Kitchen… We look forward to breaking bread ‘with’ you soon!

Zack + Farrel DeBaltzo
“The Food Missionaries” 🙂
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“[The believers] sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

And the LORD added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

//  Acts 2:45-47  //

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