What would you do if your elderly parents, who live 1,000
miles away, suddenly became invalids? (What would you do if they lived around
This was the question Gretchen Cryer had to answer for
herself. It all started 9 years ago, when Gretchen Cryer's father suffered a
stroke, and shortly thereafter her mother fractured her back. Cryer, most known
for writing the book and lyrics and starring in "I'm Getting my Act
Together and Taking It On The Road", lived in New York and traveled to
Indiana to see her parents as often as she could. Her brother, who is a doctor,
traveled from Oregon to be their primary caregiver. "My brother, a
tireless, loving caregiver, was nevertheless an uninspired cook," Cryer
says. She found that her parents became depressed for lack of appetizing food.
She was especially concerned when she realized they were
losing weight, and, apparently, their interest in food. "One day,"
recalls Cryer, "I was sitting in my studio, and I saw a UPS truck pull up.
I began to wonder if it would be possible to send meals overnight to my
parents." Thus inspired, Cryer headed for her kitchen and started cooking
up a storm: pot roast, baked ham, apple pie. When she was done, she had fixed 25
pounds of food, which she shipped to her parents on dry ice, insulated with old
Cryer's homebound parents thrived on the meals that arrived
every two weeks. Indeed, the hearty comfort food "became an event in their
lives." It was a long-distance way of breaking bread with their daughter.
Cryer remembers: "My parents were excited, overjoyed, and best of all, Mom
felt a little more in control of her life. She could totter out to the
refrigerator, look in the freezer, decide which home-cooked meal they wanted,
and slip it into the oven. One night Mom called and said, "Gretchen, you
should go into business!"
That's the story of Food From Home. Now Cryer has a
flourishing mail-order frozen-food company that sends delicious meals to folks
all across the country. "These are not TV dinners," she declares. Food
From Home's meals are generous portions of soups, entrees, side dishes and
desserts all cooked from scratch, using only the finest ingredients. Thanks to a
revolutionary "Sous Vide" food preparation process, there are no
additives or preservatives. This process uses state of the art equipment which
not only pre-cooks meals to exact temperatures but also sucks out 98% of the
product's oxygen. Then, they are flash frozen which maintains a high standard of
freshness that can have a freezer life up to 6 months. Food From Home's kitchen
is located in upstate New York and exceeds all USDA requirements.
The meals, shipped frozen in dry ice, can be directly
transferred to home freezers and used as needed by heating it either in a
regular oven or a microwave. All of the foods strive to be low in sodium and low
in fat, and the Healthy Good Life line is nearly salt free with 30 percent or
less of its calories derived from fat. Most importantly, the sauces are enriched
in 75 colloidal minerals which many health professionals recognize as important
in maintaining the upkeep of our immune system. These unique minerals also aid
in the detoxifying ability of the body. In the future, the company might offer
kosher, vegetarian and diabetic meals.
Food From Home meals have received rave reviews from The
Food Network and "The Today Show". The company has been favorably
profiled from radio talk shows to articles in popular publications including the
New York Times, Good Housekeeping Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, the
Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Sun Times, Working Woman, the Boston Globe,
the New York Post, Inc. Magazine, and USA Today.
This service is a godsend for caregivers who are pressed
for time and are worried about meals for their loved ones. Food From Home
provides home style, healthy meals with no fuss. Let's not forget, the company
was created by a someone just like us: A
caregiver concerned about her loved ones.
Food From Home is also working with National Care Giving
Organizations which helps caregivers who are not just committed to the long term
care of an elderly person, but also a family member or friend that may have
AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer's, etc. Food From Home would like your help in making
sure the word gets out to everyone who may need this service. Call Food From
Home, (at the number below) and ask for the Assisted Meals Program.
Food From Home is also working with the Meals on Wheels
Association of America, helping to reduce the waiting lists for food service
programs and delivering to those who are outside the delivery areas. In alliance
with the Meals on Wheels Association of America, Food From Home will deliver
delicious, healthy, fully prepared meals by mail direct to your doorstep
a catalogue, to place an order or to get more information, call Food From Home
at (888) DINNERS (346-6377).
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