New service sells fresh meals for familiesGet Fresh! offers chance to make or order healthy meals for later consumption.
By: Chris Mueller, The Daily Republic
With the opening of a new business in downtown Mitchell, Bill Mawhiney hopes to revolutionize mealtime for local families.
Mawhiney is the man behind Time at the Table, a nonprofit organization that works to bring families together around a meal. Now Mawhiney is starting a new for-profit venture called Get Fresh!, which he describes as a “revolutionary” meal service offering customers the chance to order or make, and then take and freeze, meals for later consumption. Some of the proceeds from Get Fresh! will benefit Time at the Table.
“Time at the Table has always focused on connecting families at the dinner table,” Mawhiney said. “We want to be able to aid families to have more time to do that.”
Get Fresh! is set to open Feb. 4 at 203 N. Main St. in Mitchell. The building will also house the Time at the Table office.
Customers will be able to purchase punch cards for four, eight or 16 meals, which they can redeem anytime. Punch cards will never expire and will stay at Get Fresh! so customers never have to worry about losing them, Mawhiney said.
Customers will have the choice to either prepare meals themselves or have meals prepared in advance for pickup or delivery. Four new meals will be offered each week, and at least one will be gluten free. Each meal will include six portions.
The meals will be prepared using locally sourced, non-processed, organic ingredients, Mawhiney said.
When customers leave Get Fresh!, the meals they take with them will be simple to prepare, Mawhiney said.
“Everything is going to be a one-step process,” he said. “You’re just going to take it home and put it in the oven or slow cooker.”
For self-prepared meals, the cost is $35 for a single meal, $95 for four meals, $165 for eight meals and $280 for 16 meals. For pre-prepared meals, the cost is $115 for four meals, $190 for eight meals and $310 for 16 meals. For delivery, the cost is $135 for four meals, $215 for eight meals and $330 for 16 meals.
“The bigger meal ticket you buy, the cheaper the meals will be,” Mawhiney said.
Mawhiney hopes Get Fresh! will provide a fresh, healthy alternative to fast food and make it more convenient for busy families to sit down for a meal.
“It’s for those nights when you’re just exhausted or you only have so much time,” he said. “You can pull something out of the freezer and it’s ready.”