2022-2023 Ronald McDonald House Calendar

Adopt-a-Meal Program: Ronald McDonald House

Provide a Meal at the Ronald McDonald House

The Adopt-a-Meal program provides a much-needed service to families who are supporting their sick or injured children. Families often will not have the time, resources, or energy to prepare a healthy, hot meal for themselves. This program invites friends, families, co-workers, school, community, or church groups to cook and prepare meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City.

Note: Due to construction in our main commercial kitchen, our staff and meal groups will be preparing meals in the Red Cottage in our Backyard Park. This space is still onsite at the Ronald McDonald House, but the kitchen is smaller with one oven, 5 burner gas stove top, flat top outdoor grill, and one microwave.  We are encouraging groups to keep menus simple due to the smaller space. 


Groups are limited to 7 individuals or less.

Any volunteers under 18 must have ample adult supervision to ensure their safety, all food and safety guidelines are followed, and maintain the peaceful space we aim to provide for our guest families. 

Volunteers are asked to:

  • Provide food for 60 people and provide to go containers, plasticware and napkins. 
  • Prepare the meal at the Ronald McDonald House. For food safety, we are unable to serve any food that is prepared offsite unless it is store-bought or catered
  • Dish up the meal into to-go containers for families to quickly access and take with them
  • Clean up all pots, pans, dishes, and surfaces and take out the trash

Covid-19 Safety:

To keep our programs as safe as possible for all guest families, staff and volunteers, masks are required onsite in our Ronald McDonald House. 

If any member of your group is feeling unwell or has any flu-like symptoms within 24 hours of your meal, we ask that they stay home and rest for the health and safety of our guests and patients.

We are also asking meal groups to provide to go containers to dish up their meal into for our families to maintain health and safety measures and allow for families to have a delicious meal on the go. 

Depending on covid numbers in our community, we may also require covid testing onsite or changes to our meal schedule during the Fall and Winter months.

The Meal:

We are currently asking for one main dish (with a few vegetarian meals), 1-2 sides and individual drinks. Dessert is optional.

We ask that sack lunches are prepared by 1:00pm. This meal option is available on Monday and Fridays. Groups can sign up to purchase and prepare to-go sack lunches for families onsite at the Ronald McDonald House. These lunches can include sandwiches/wraps, fruit/veggie, snacks and drink that families can take on the go.

We ask that dinner served at 6:00pm. Please arrive with enough time to check-in through our visitor management system with your ID, prepare your meal and divide them into to-go containers.  

Serving & Clean Up:

Groups will distribute the to-go meals to the families that come during mealtime and any extras will be used for families who are coming later in the evening.

We ask that groups clean all the dishes, load and start the dishwashers, clean surfaces, and take out the trash.

To Sign Up for a Meal:

  1. Review the calendar for blank spaces; any blank spots are available meals and dates.
  2. Select date and meal: enter necessary information including name, phone number, email, and address. If you know your menu, please add it when signing up.
  3. You will receive an automatic confirmation to the email you have included in your sign up.
  4. You will receive a reminder one week prior to your meal

We cannot do what we do without the generosity and support of the community and volunteers. Thank you for your interest in the RMHC Adopt-a-Meal Program. We are very grateful.

Please contact our Meal Coordinator by email at [email protected] or via phone at 801-363-4663 with any questions you may have.Thank you!

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