Our Meals that Heal Program gives our families one less thing to worry about during their stay with us while their child is being treated in the hospital. Individuals, families, groups of friends, business associates, and other organizations volunteer their time in the House’s kitchen to prepare brunch, lunch, or dinner for our guest families.
As a Meals that Heal Program volunteer, you will not only be helping our families but you will also have a great team building experience. Even if you don’t enjoy cooking, but would still like to provide dinner for our families, you can contact a restaurant of your choice and order dinner to be delivered to the House.
Food must be prepared on site or come from a commercial kitchen – this is a guideline enforced by Ronald McDonald House Charities, which oversees all Ronald McDonald Houses.
How the Meals that Heal Program Works:
- Groups can sign up for meals by clicking the blue “sign up” link to the right of the page through our new system Giveffect.
- You can create a team to invite others or go right to picking a day. You will be prompted to complete a free profile.
- Due to space constraints, groups should be no more than 8 people.
- Youth volunteers (younger than 18) must be supervised by an adult.
- All food must be prepared in the House or come from a commercial kitchen.
- Meals are served buffet style. Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) or Dinner 6:00 p.m.
- Prepare to cook for 25 people.
- Purchase all ingredients needed for the meal. (Please provide the total purchase price of your meal to staff.)
- After your meal is prepared, the food can be placed in “to-go” containers or wrapped up for the convenience of the families. Aluminum trays or “to-go” containers are not mandatory but always welcome.
Ronald McDonald House provides:
- Dinnerware, silverware, pots and pans. If you have a particular piece of cookware that you prefer, you may bring it with you.
- Coffee, tea, and soda.
- Gloves for food preparation.
Things you should know:
- Please do not expect to interact with families as many of them spend the majority of their time at their child’s bedside.
- Please be respectful of our families: foul language and inappropriate behavior are not allowed.
- Weapons of any kind, alcohol, and illegal substances are not allowed on the grounds.
- Smoking is not permitted on our grounds.
- Shoes and appropriate clothing must be worn at all times.
- Gloves must be worn at all times when handling and preparing food.
- We often take pictures of groups as they prepare meals for our families to post on our Facebook page – if you or someone in your group would prefer to not be photographed, please let our staff know.
- When you come to the House, you can park in the back driveway (where the dumpster is) off of Emergency Drive rather than in the children’s hospital parking lot.
- Please be prepared to visit the House for a tour before your first time cooking.