Containers of meals sit in front of a heart-shaped sign that reads "Thank you Hamilton family"Due to COVID-19, there are currently two ways you can help provide meals for families: volunteering on-site to make a meal or donating a catered meal.

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Families staying at a Ronald McDonald House are often far from the comforts of home, including freshly prepared meals. Through Meals from the Heart, volunteers provide meals for families, allowing them to eat together without the stress of cooking or the expense of dining out.

Whether you’re looking for a teambuilding activity for colleagues or a fun way to give back with friends, Meals from the Heart is a great way to give families a taste of home.

Please be sure to review the FAQ for all the details, rules, and requirements for participating in Meals from the Heart.


  Meals from the Heart * Culinary Hearts **
House RMH near Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital RMH near Advocate Children’s Hospital RMH near Loyola University Medical Center RMH near UChicago Comer Children’s Hospital RMH near Lurie Children’s
Address 0N1250 Winfield Rd. Winfield, IL 60190 4410 W. 93rd St. Oak Lawn, IL 60453 1 Airmail Rd. Hines, IL 60141 5444 S. Drexel Ave. Chicago, IL 60615 211 E. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611
Volunteer Group Size Up to 5 volunteers Up to 5 volunteers Up to 5 volunteers Up to 5 volunteers Up to 8 volunteers
Brunch Shift None None None Prepare meals for 20
Sat. – Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Shift None None None None Prepare meals for 35
Sun. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner Shift Prepare meals for 10
Sun. – Fri. 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Prepare meals for 20
Daily 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Prepare meals for 25
Daily 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Prepare meals for 20
Daily 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Calendar Select a date at CDH Select a date at Advocate Select a date at Comer Select a date at Lurie

*Meals from the Heart: Volunteers handle the meal planning and preparation from start to finish. Volunteers create their menu, purchase all necessary ingredients, and cook their meal in our fully-equipped kitchens.

**Culinary Hearts: Volunteers provide a financial donation and our culinary team plans the menu, purchases the ingredients, and leads the volunteers to create delicious meals for families.


Culinary Hearts at RMH near Lurie Children’s

Donation for Culinary Hearts support the ongoing success of the program and ensure our House can offer families 14 diverse meals each week. Groups receive a link to donate via credit card once a volunteer date is confirmed.

  • A gift of $400 provides lunch
  • A gift of $600 provides dinner
  • A gift of $400 provides Saturday brunch

If your group is unable to volunteer on your reserved date, we will make every effort to reschedule your group for a future date. If you need to cancel, no refunds will be issued, but your financial contribution will still support Culinary Hearts and provide meals to families.


Meals from the Heart at RMH Family Rooms

At our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms,donors purchase catered meals from local restaurants to help families who are staying in the hospital.

Family Room Family Room in Comer Children’s Hospital Family Room in Lurie Children’s Hospital Family Room in Edward Hospital
Address 5721 S. Maryland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
255 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
801 S Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Lunch Shift Prepare meals for 50
Mon. – Fri. noon meal drop-off
Prepare meals for 20
Mon. – Fri. 11:30 a.m. meal drop-off
Prepare meals for 25
Mon. or Wed. 11:30 a.m. meal drop-off
Dinner Shift Prepare meals for 60
Mon. – Fri. 6:00 p.m. meal drop-off
None None
Calendar Select a date