Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth recipient of Ronald McDonald House Charities 2019 Remarkable Impact Grant
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 29, 2019) – Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) announced today the winning Chapter recipients of the 2019 RMHC Remarkable Impact Grants. Thanks to the generosity of AbbVie, 29 RMHC Chapters in the United States will receive funding to enhance their depth of support and services through new or expanded family-centered initiatives for guest families. The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth (RMHFW) was selected to receive a grant to support an expanded Meals from the Heart program, which is focused on the wellness and nutrition of families staying at RMHFW. The expansion will enable the organization to increase the number of meals served to RMHFW families, eliminate waste, provide healthy meal planning, maintain kitchen inventory and allocate food to other RMHFW programs.
“We are thrilled to be a recipient of the RMHC 2019 Remarkable Impact Grant program. The expansion of our meals program will ensure that our families are receiving high-quality nutrition. This also means that we can be forward thinking in the elimination of waste, which allows RMHFW to be good stewards of donations and the environment. The AbbVie partnership, forged by RMHC, provides our local chapter an opportunity to focus on family-centered care when families need it most,” said Jennifer Johns, CEO of RMHFW.
Critical to the success of the Remarkable Impact Grants program is the element of community engagement. Meals from the Heart is the signature group volunteer experience offered by RMHFW and has proven to be a stellar way to engage the community in the mission. “Meal groups will receive more in-depth orientations and trainings, and meal prep information. I am confident community groups will immediately feel that they have made the one-on-one connections with families they strive for when seeking out volunteer opportunities,” said Johns.
The first step in the meal expansion will include the hiring of a Meals from the Heart coordinator. This individual will have kitchen management and food planning experience and will be critical to the growth and success of this program. The position is currently posted on the organization’s website, www.rmhfw.org/about/employment/. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.