Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Meals from the Heart

Volunteer to provide a home-cooked meal for our families to enjoy!

“The kitchen is the heart of every home,” and this is especially true at the new Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s because of the support of our ‘Meals from the Heart’ volunteer groups who help to provide a home-cooked dinner to the families staying with us. Volunteer groups (up to 20 people) help to plan the menu, purchase the ingredients, and prepare the meals in our full service kitchen. This service gives the families time to relax and replenish after spending a long day at the hospital at their child’s bedside. 

Find our volunteer parking instructions here.

Step One: Choose your Menu

We encourage your group to come up with a unique and delicious menu to serve our families. “Monday Night Chef Night” features Chefs from Chicagoland hotels and restaurants, perhaps even sharing their “signature” dishes, with guests staying at the House. It’s a fabulous way to welcome families to Chicago!


Step Two: Choose a Date

Groups will cook for approximately 50-100 people depending on the season. CLICK HERE to view our ‘Meals from the Heart’ calendar to see which meal dates are ‘open’ to cook a meal. Please choose three ‘open’ dates to include in the application below.

*Our calendar and other areas of our website are not compatible with the recent Internet Explorer upgrade.  Should you have problems viewing, consider using an alternate web browser.  Please call Brittany at 630.623.5533 for assistance.


Step Three: Please complete the ‘Meals from the Heart’ application

Please complete and submit the application form below  to help us plan for your visit.

We’re excited to share a great option for you to purchase your ingredients with Peapod! Your purchase will also support our families.

CLICK HERE to review ordering steps with Peapod.


Please contact Brittany Wozniak
Volunteer Services Manager
P. 630.623.5533


Already have a meal date on the calendar?

Watch this video filled with instructions on what to expect the day you cook and give you a tutorial on our procedures in our ‘Meals from the Heart’ kitchen.  Our families look forward to enjoying your meal at the House!

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