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Share a Meal

Sharing a meal with a family in need can make them feel more at home

Our meal volunteers prepare meals for families with a child receiving medical care in local area hospitals. A home-cooked meal can ease the burden families face when caring for a sick child, giving them the strength they need to cope and focus better on their child’s needs.

For all of our meal opportunities, volunteers purchase the food items and bring them to the Ronald McDonald House to prepare the meal in our kitchen.

  • All food must be prepared at the Ronald McDonald House, commercial kitchen, or purchased at a store.
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a volunteer over 18. Meal group size is currently limited to smaller groups. More information will be provided.


Breakfast is served every Saturday and Sunday morning. Volunteers arrive between 8:00- 8:30 a.m. to have breakfast by 9:30 a.m.

Lunches with Love
Lunches are made every Sunday and Tuesday- Friday. After volunteers prepare the lunches, our staff delivers lunches to local hospitals. Volunteers arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays-Fridays and arrive at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

Dinner is prepared daily for the families at the house. We ask that volunteers arrive between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to have dinner ready by 6 p.m.

Steps to Volunteer

  1. Complete our Group/Family Interest Form
  2. Check out our Meal Calendar to find open slots.
  3. Email Charlie Burgess at charlie@rmhc-richmond.org to reserve a meal date.
  4. Review our Meal Guidelines: Lunch Guidelines (PDF), or Meal Guidelines (PDF).