Meal Program

Family Meal Programs

Help Us Serve Compassionate Cuisine

It's not just nourishing our bodies, it's nourishing our souls. The day's over and you can just relax with your family like you do at home.

Georgia Nixon

chicken, veggies and fruitThe availability of quality, freshly prepared meals is one of the benefits most consistently noted and appreciated by guests of the Ronald McDonald House. It not only saves families time and money, it helps to lessen stress by providing a sense of normalcy and relief after difficult days and nights at the hospital.

The meal programs at both House locations typically rely on volunteer groups and individuals to prepare and serve meals. COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have changed that.

Feeding Families in the Age of COVID-19

Scott Lovasz delivering dinner to a patient at the Cleveland Ronald McDonald House

Our teams have successfully pivoted and created a Quarantine Edition of our Family Meal Program. In both the Akron and Cleveland House, this still means providing three meals a day…plus!

  • Continental breakfasts of fresh fruit, hot and cold cereal, pastries
  • Individually packaged, Grab and Go lunches
  • Hot dinners, individually packaged and delivered to rooms at guests’ request
  • Healthy snacks, beverages and desserts (sometimes delivered via a dessert cart)

Community Impact

In 2020 the two House programs served more than 50,000 individual meals. The Family Room programs in hospitals also provided snacks, beverages and hosted 40 safely delivered meals for families and healthcare staff.

None of this would be possible without our community’s generosity. Without groups to provide meals, expenses are higher. We rely on:

  • Monetary contributions to purchase ingredients and supplies
  • Catered meals donated by groups, companies and restaurants
  • In-kind donation of meal ingredients from McDonald’s suppliers, local dairies, fruit and vegetable distributors and more
  • Wish List donations of gift cards, individually packaged snacks and supplies

This all adds up to a big savings for the meal program budget so we can keep feeding families, helping them stay strong for their children. 

Before the Ronald McDonald House, we were spending more than $50 each day on food. We would not have been able to do that for another week or two and it became a major concern. The food here is fantastic and it has removed a significant burden during an already difficult time. I hope you know what a difference this makes for us as we care for our son.

Guest during COVID-19 restrictions