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”. The meals provided by generous volunteers bring love into the House everyday, allowing families to unwind, de-stress and fortify their bodies to be at their best for their child in the hospital. Meals from the Heart volunteers work as a group (up to 20 people) to plan the menu, purchase the ingredients and prepare the meal in our full service kitchen, allowing families to find nourishment and comfort in a shared meal. Please note: ALL food must be prepared in our kitchen or brought directly from a commercial kitchen. Par-baked or pre-prepared food will not be able to be served. 


Find our volunteer parking instructions here.

Step One: Choose a Date

Groups will cook for approximately 40-75 people (check with staff as range of guests alters seasonally). 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 Two: 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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