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 **
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 5 volunteersUp to 5 volunteersUp to 5 volunteersUp to 5 volunteersUp to 8 volunteers
Brunch ShiftNoneNoneNonePrepare meals for 20
Sat. – Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch ShiftNoneNoneNoneNonePrepare meals for 35
Sun. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner ShiftPrepare meals for 15
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.
CalendarSelect a date at CDHSelect a date at AdvocateSelect a date at ComerSelect 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 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 ShiftPrepare 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 ShiftPrepare meals for 60
Mon. – Fri. 6:00 p.m. meal drop-off
CalendarSelect a date