At the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, we feel that providing meals is a way for families to rest and recharge to help them push through their day. Meals from the Heart is a core program provided to our families, but it also creates wonderful volunteer opportunities for groups. We have many groups who prepare meals every month for our families, and we welcome this involvement.
Plan your BREAKFAST or LUNCH menu for 40-50 people.
Plan your DINNER menu for 60-70 people.
Please understand that these numbers are estimates. The actual number of people attending the meal varies greatly even when the house is full. Not all families will be able to make it to the house at the scheduled serving times, but they will be searching for leftovers whenever they return to the House. Some families will prepare to-go plates for children and themselves. Rest assured that whether the food is eaten in the kitchen at the time of the meal, carried away to the hospital, or warmed up as leftovers later, it will be eaten and is very much appreciated.
BREAKFAST is served at 8:30am. Arrive at no earlier than 7:30am to prepare meal
LUNCH is served at Noon. Arrive around 10am to prepare meal
DINNER is served at 6:00pm. Arrive around 4:00pm to prepare meal
The time actually needed to arrive will depend upon your menu. Some meals require more prep time while others require less time. The arrival time suggested is the earliest we recommend that you arrive, but we ask that you be fully prepared to serve the meal at the set time to allow families to plan accordingly.
We have 2 fully stocked kitchens with pots, pans, cooking utensils, serving bowls, plates, silverware, paper goods, beverage dispensers and cups. Our kitchens include: 2 gas cook tops, 4 commercial ovens, 4 microwaves, gas grills, ice dispenser and soda machine. We have a generous supply of donated goods (canned goods, condiments, salad dressing, pasta, soup, etc.) that groups are welcome to use. Please note: Knives are locked in our pantry and you must request them in the front office.
The House is very fortunate to have many donations of paper plates, bowls, napkins and eating utensils. It is not required to bring paper goods or eating utensils; however, if you prefer to bring them with your meal group, you are welcome to do so. Your donation will help us keep our stock replenished.
We are a “home-away-from-home” for families with seriously ill children, and we must be considerate of their needs during this stressful time in their lives. The Ronald McDonald House is not a faith-based organization. We are an agency that welcomes people of all faiths and people of no faith. Volunteers from many congregations and faiths provide meals for our families, and their ministry is demonstrated through kindness, helpfulness, and gift of time and resources. When a family has spent the day at the hospital with their sick child, met with social workers, chaplains, and doctors, they are seeking a safe place to rest and have a meal. While speaking with a family, showing concern for them and compassion for their pain is appreciated; engaging in prayer services is not appropriate in this setting. Telling a family that you will remember them in your prayers is a welcome thing, but to facilitate a prayer service in this environment is intrusive of their privacy. We ask that your group not solicit prayer requests from the families, engage in “healing efforts,” nor conduct private sessions of prayer with the families at the House. Families do not want to disappoint the groups nor decline the offer of prayer when solicited by visitors to the House; therefore, we depend upon you to respect their privacy. We hope your group will want to participate with our agency within these guidelines. Please give this prayerful consideration to assure that our mission and your mission here are compatible.
Please read all instructions completely and then complete the following form to request a meals date. We will evaluate the dates you requested and respond during normal office hours, Monday through Friday, to confirm or discuss your dates. If you are requesting your date after 5pm on Friday, please know you will not be contacted until Monday. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.