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The "1-800-FLOWERS" of Casseroles
The Acts Kitchen began as a simple homemade meal delivery service out of founder Farrel DeBaltzo’s kitchen in March of 2020. She and her husband, Zack, were both born with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic illness that destroys the respiratory and digestive systems over time. Due to their 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” her favorite comfort food recipes became a passion of Farrel’s at an early age. 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, Farrel noticed a shift as her customers began ordering not only for themselves, but for others as well. Farrel was often called upon to either bless nurses, other frontline workers, and the elderly on her 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 Farrel might hear of in need. This beautiful “pay it forward” theme has become Farrel’s favorite part of the ministry, and one she jokingly and lovingly refers to as “the 1-800-FLOWERS of casseroles.”
Depending on varying ingredients in every meal, and Farrel’s commitment to using only the same clean, quality ingredients she would serve at her own table, “Small Family” size casseroles and soups cost $10-$15 to prepare and “Large Family” casseroles and soups, $25-$30.
The heart of the Acts Kitchen lies in goals much bigger than ourselves: Bolstering faith. Providing real good, feel good food to our community, at a fair cost that doesn’t leave anyone feeling taken advantage of. Encouraging fellowship in a painfully disconnected time. 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 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,” Farrel has said. “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.
Food Lovin’ Founder 🙂
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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 •