Family Meal Program

Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House often experience stress due to the illness or health status of their child. The Family Meal Program offers groups of volunteers the opportunity to extend needed support to these families by providing and preparing a meal at the House.

Family dinners are served at both of our Houses Sunday through Thursday at 5:00 PM. At House A, a volunteer group of 9 to 15 people provides food for 110 people. At House C, volunteer groups of 3 to 8 people provide food for 25 people. While the actual number of people attending a given meal varies, all food and leftovers are appreciated by our families! The average cost of providing a dinner at House A is about $450 depending on the menu. The average cost of providing dinner at House C is $150, depending on the menu. For more details, see How to Get Started below.

Friday Night Pizza at House A requires no cooking and no prior onsite orientation. Groups of 6 to 15 volunteers provide 32 large, cooked pizzas (delivered to the House by the restaurant) as well as a dessert that requires no cutting or serving, such as cookies, cupcakes, or ice cream bars. Groups are asked to arrive at 5:00 PM and have pizza delivered at 5:45 PM. Pizza is served at 6:00 PM. Cleanup should be completed close to 7:30 PM. For more details, see

Friday Night Pizza.

Saturday Brunch is served at House A only. We ask groups of 6 - 15 volunteers to arrive at 8 and serve families at 9:30 AM. Groups should prepare enough food for 90 people and plan a relatively simple menu with an emphasis on continental style brunch options. For more details, see How to Get Started below.

How to Get Started:

Please view our meal program calendar and select an open date for the House that fits the size of your group. Email your request to our Activities Coordinator and she will confirm your date. When requesting a date include:

  • Full name
  • Name of your group
  • Affiliation (company/organization or personal)
  • Cell phone number and work phone number
  • Email
  • Address (company/organization or personal)

All volunteers must be 13+ years old. Teens may participate in the meal program on a 1:1 ratio with adults.

At least two group members of first-time dinner and brunch groups will need to attend an onsite one-hour orientation two or more weeks prior to the first meal. When your group arrives on meal day, you will have access to our kitchen, complete with everything you will need to make and serve your dishes, including pots, pans, stove tops, serving utensils, etc. You may use our BBQ in the summer with reservation.

Important Information:

All members of your group must read

Guidelines for Meal Program Volunteers and our general Volunteer Guidelines.
  • Your group is responsible for bringing all the food to make the meal.
  • All food must be prepared onsite or prepared in or purchased from a commercial kitchen (store, deli, restaurant).
  • No food preparation may take place in a home kitchen.

Optional meal planning tools are available below, under meal program resources. For more questions, please consult our meal program FAQ page.

Our Mission:

At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska, we support seriously ill children and their families. At the Seattle House, we provide a "home-away-from-home" to help families through a difficult time. We also provide a van service for families staying in Anchorage while their children receive medical care. Our IRS tax number or EIN is: 91-1061043.

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