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 days and hours vary by location. Please view the calendar for each House for current opportunities.


 Meals from the Heart *Culinary Hearts **
HouseRMH near Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage HospitalRMH near Advocate Children’s HospitalRMH near Loyola University Medical CenterRMH near UChicago Comer Children’s HospitalRMH near Lurie Children’s
Address0N1250 Winfield Rd. Winfield, IL 601904410 W. 93rd St. Oak Lawn, IL 604531 Airmail Rd. Hines, IL 601415444 S. Drexel Ave. Chicago, IL 60615211 E. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611
Volunteer Group SizeUp to 4 volunteersUp to 4 volunteersNoneUp to 4 volunteersUp to 6 volunteers
Brunch ShiftProvide meals for 15
Catered only
NoneNoneProvide meals for 15
Catered only
Lunch ShiftNoneNoneNoneNoneProvide meals for 35
On-site or catered
Dinner ShiftProvide meals for 15
On-site or catered
Provide meals for 20
On-site or catered
Provide meals for 15
Catered only
Provide meals for 20
On-site or catered
CalendarView available dates at CDHView available dates at AdvocateView available dates at LoyolaView available dates at ComerView available dates 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 RoomFamily Room in Comer Children’s HospitalFamily Room in Lurie Children’s HospitalFamily Room in Edward Hospital
Address5721 S. Maryland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
255 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
801 S Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Lunch ShiftNoneNoneProvide meals for 25
Catered only
Dinner ShiftNoneNoneNone
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