Make a Meal for At-Risk Youth in Grand Rapids


HQ is postponing our Make a Meal program indefinitely to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19. Our goal is to provide a safe space for youth to belong.

Warm, hot meals are the cornerstone to belonging, and we believe that access to nutritious, delicious food is a human right. By bringing a meal to HQ, you can make that happen for our youth.

How It Works

First, choose a meal from the calendar below. There are two options for you to choose from: meals that we serve during drop-in and to-go meals that members can take with them. Click “Sign Up” to send us an email and let us know what you’re making, then click “Get the Recipe” to view and download HQ’s recipe for either the to-go or drop-in meal.

If you’re making a meal for drop-in, feel free to use your own recipe if you’ve got a favorite! Drop-in meals should feed approximately 30 people; for to-go meals, you should prepare 10 meals. If you feel like preparing more than the suggested serving size, go ahead — we guarantee it will all get eaten.

If you have any questions, send our Development Director, Luke, an email.

Dropping off the Meal

HQ Youth Drop-in Support Center

Meal drop-offs are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at HQ, 320 State St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

If you choose a Tuesday or Thursday meal, please bring it on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. We ask that you park in the loading zone next to HQ while delivering your items and avoid using the neighbor’s driveway while unloading.

The Fine Print

To sign up, click “Sign Up” beneath the recipe and day of your choice. Please let us know which meal you’re making and on which day. When you submit the form, we’ll get an email. Send our Development Director, Luke, an email with any questions.

For Drop-in Meals

Please deliver meals in covered 9”x13″ aluminum baking pans or freezer Ziploc bags so we can efficiently store and prepare the meal you’ve made. All meals must be labeled with the date of preparation and the name of the meal. If your meal includes fresh ingredients or ingredients that HQ will prepare (such as sour cream or biscuits), please bring them in an additional container or bag, labeled with the meal name to which they belong.

To-Go Meals

Please wrap sandwiches in tinfoil or a sandwich bag, place each sandwich in its own paper lunch bag, and label with the type of sandwich. For complete and detailed instructions regarding to-go meal preparation, please click “Get the Recipe” on a to-go meal day from the meal calendar below. Alternatively, you can deliver the to-go meal ingredients, and we’ll assemble them ourselves at HQ. Any questions? Send our Development Director, Luke, an email.