This week I met with someone from a large disability organisation. We discussed Dinner on the Table (now there's a news flash for you), what we do, and what our goals are. We discussed the possibilities of a partnership between our two services. Quite appropriately, the question was raised: what's in it for us?
This got me thinking. As I see it, the benefits to our customers who have their dinner gifted, and what my meeting partner was most interested in, are identical to the benefits to our customers who pay for their dinners. And this is one of the things that makes Dinner on the Table unique in the marketplace.
For around $70 a week (less in many cases), you can order enough food to feed your family twice and have it delivered. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics that saves you around 3.5 hours of planning, shopping and cooking time. I don't know what your hourly rate is for the work you do. But there are very few services offered at $20 an hour.
Few services are offered with the needs of all householders in mind. Think about the services you use week to week: the things you and your people are involved in. These might include sporting pursuits, music lessons, or other community activities. My guess is, in most cases these activities are designed for the participation of one member of a household. Everyone else accommodates the participation of the one. How many services do you use that meet the needs of all your people simultaneously?
We know there are loads of options open to you when it comes to quick and easy dinners. We also know that few offer quality nutrition in sizes that will feed more than one or two people.
Ultimately, by letting us cook your dinner, we're able to assist you manage that relentless daily pressure: getting dinner on the table night after night. And we love it! We're also challenging existing services to think about how they support people with disabilities and the people with whom they reside. Together, we're changing daily lives. And services are starting to take notice.