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 preparing a meal at the House. The volunteer group provides all the groceries for the meal.

Who can participate? Everyone coming with a group must be a minimum of 13 years of age. Teens may participate in the meal program on a 1:1 ratio with adults.

To see a list of open meal dates/times, please check our calendar. To sign up to cook a meal, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.


Family Meal Program Options

Dinner at House A

  • Group Size: 9-15 volunteers
  • Average Cost: $425-$450
  • Meals Served: About 110
  • Arrival Time: 3:00pm
  • Meal Time: 5:00pm

For more details, read through our Meal Program FAQ and see How to Get Started below.

Dinner at House C

  • Group Size: 3-8 volunteers
  • Average Cost: $150
  • Meals Served: About 30
  • Arrival Time: 3:00pm
  • Meal Time: 5:00pm

For more details, read through our Meal Program FAQ and see How to Get Started below.

Lunch at House A

There are three lunch options: the group may make and wrap sandwiches and cookies for families to grab ‘n go throughout the day, drop off commercially-prepared sandwiches for service that day, or make and serve a simple buffet lunch.

  • Group Size: 2-6 volunteers
  • Average Cost: $100-$200
  • Meals Served: Up to 70
  • Timeline: Group arrives in mid-morning. Buffet lunch served at noon.

Friday Night Pizza

Groups arrange for pizzas to be delivered to the House by a restaurant and provide a dessert that requires no cutting or serving, such as cookies or cupcakes.

  • Group Size: 6-15 volunteers
  • Meals Served: Up to 110
  • Timeline: Arrive at 5:00pm, pizza delivered at 5:30pm, dinner is served at 6:00pm, cleanup finished by 7:30pm.

For more details, see the Friday Night Pizza document in the list at the bottom of the page.

Saturday Brunch at House A

Volunteer groups prepare brunch for families on Saturdays only.

  • Group Size: 6-15 volunteers
  • Meals Served: Up to 90 people
  • Timeline: Group arrives at 8:00am. Brunch served at 9:30am

Food Trucks

Hire a licensed food truck to provide a meal or dessert. What a treat for our families!

Casserole Cooks

Volunteers prepare casseroles to be frozen and served on a future date when no group has signed up to cook dinner.

  • Group Size: 2-6 volunteers
  • Average Cost: $150-$200
  • Meals Served: Up to 110 people
  • Timeline: Monday – Thursday, mid-mornings

Other casserole opportunities include:

Prepared Casserole Donation/Drop Off: Volunteers purchase frozen prepared casseroles and drop them off for serving at a later date on a night when no group has signed up to cook dinner for our families.

Dinner Sides & Service: Enjoy the same experience as groups hosting an entire dinner, but we will provide an entrée casserole and you provide the sides. Available at House A (service for 110 people) and at House C (service for 30 people). Our biggest need  is in January, February, June, July and August.


Important Information:

At least two group members of first-time dinner, buffet lunch, and brunch groups will need to attend an onsite one-hour orientation two or more weeks prior to the first meal. This is scheduled on an individual basis.

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 advance notice.

Please consider bringing some biodegradable take-out boxes with your dinner supplies! Our families often take leftovers with them to long days at the hospital. Here is a link to purchase one of our preferred brands.

All members of your group must read the Guidelines for Meal Program Volunteers (Updated March 2019) 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.


How to Get Started:


Meal Program Resources

Planning Tools:

Kitchen Layouts & Procedures