meals from the heart

Thank you so much for being interested in preparing a meal for guest families!

Offering a home-cooked meal or a quick snack is one of the most important ways we can provide our guest families with the comfort of home, especially after a long day at the hospital. Thanks to our Meals from the Heart Program, nightly dinners, along with breakfast on the weekends, are prepared by community groups at each of our three Ronald McDonald Houses. Special Note Regarding COVID-19: For information regarding our current efforts, please visit We need your help to continue providing this source of comfort to those who call our Houses their home-away-from-home.

Three ways to participate

1. Prepare a meal or have one delivered to the Ronald McDonald House

Volunteers are permitted to prepare a meal on-site if they pass a COVID-19 screening process, provide proof of vaccination, and agree to the volunteer guidelines. If you prefer not to cook in the House, you are welcome to have a meal delivered from a local restaurant. For delivery examples, please visit our Meal Delivery Example List here.

Individuals can reserve a date to prepare or deliver a meal using our online calendar. To get started, click on one of the buttons below:

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2. Make a monetary donation

Please consider making a cash donation to support ongoing guest family meals and needs. To make a financial contribution to help our Meals from the Heart Program, please click the button below and choose “Meals from the Heart Relief” from the drop-down menu.  

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3. Donate food items and cleaning supplies 

Are you looking for another way to give back? You can help keep our pantries full for guest families to cook their own meals. Meals must be prepared in the Ronald McDonald House or commercial kitchen. Consider donating any of the following items to help feed RMHC guest families:

  1. Pantry/nonperishable items (canned fruits, jerky, soup, protein bars, grains, and canned veggies)
  2. Frozen entrées (Marie Calendar family size lasagnas, baked ziti, meatloaf, etc.)
  3. Prepared deli meals (chicken, salads, sandwiches, etc.)
  4. Kitchen basics (seasonings, single-serving disposable meal containers, etc.)
  5. Cleaning supplies (hand soap, paper towels, Cascade dishwasher detergent, etc.)

Learn more here

Questions? Please call our Family Services team member at the location you are interested in volunteering at:

Park Ave: 314.773.1100 ext. 0
West County:  314.485.0300 ext. 0
West Pine:  314.531.6601 ext. 0