Healthy Start is a pregnancy and parent & baby program.


More Than a Meal


Step by Step Meal Bag program guide & how to manual

Want to offer a tasty new program in your community?

Meal Bags helps you share the joy of home cooking with your participants.

This project guide provides step-by-step detailed instructions on how to start your own meal bag program, including well-tested and well-loved recipes that work well for community groups and at home.


What are Meal Bags?

Meal Bags are portable, shelf-stable meals in a bag!

The bag includes a mix of dry/canned non-perishable ingredients along with a recipe for assembly and cooking. Each bag serves 4-8 people.

At Healthy Start we use these handy meals at our in-person programs – these shelf-stable meals make program prep fast and nutritious every time.

We always make enough Meal Bags to also offer these favourite meals to community families to take home, for $1 per bag.

(What a bargain and yes, a subsidized cost).


Why Meal Bags?

These Meal Bags have made a tremendous difference to our programs – making it easier for staff to serve balanced, nutritious and delicious meals at EVERY program. They’ve also made it easy for us to share the gift of home cooking with our community participants.


What can I expect in this $40 Program Manual?

This soft cover paperback guide is 8.5″ x 11″ size, 111 pages.

It is filled with gorgeous full colour photos and many worksheets you can copy and reuse again and again.

This complete program guide leads you step by step from program daydreaming to delivery & includes:

  • planning and recipe creation tools
  • charts for scaling your favourite recipes
  • ordering, receiving and storing considerations (large purchase volume)
  • tips of coordinating assembly events for volunteers to help create meal bags
  • 22 well-tested and much-loved recipes you can use or adapt for your programs
  • worksheets & helpful conversion charts

Proceeds from the sales of our resources helps to support our program.


Additional information

Weight .5 kg