Meals That Heal

by Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha Contact

Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 4:00pm
Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 6:00pm

Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha

620 South 38th Avenue,


What's happening?

The kitchen is the heart and soul of any home; a place where families congregate at the end of the day to share laughs, tears, and love over a meal. A place that inspires healing. That is absolutely no exception in our House.

What is it? Meals That Heal is the cornerstone of our House program, relying completely on people within the community to keep it up and running. As a Meals That Heal volunteer, you provide so much more than just food: you provide families with time to decompress with others after a tough day at the hospital, the comfort and warmth of a home-cooked meal, and conversation shared with families and members of the Omaha community. You provide them with extra support during some of their most challenging times.

Who volunteers? Everyone can volunteer! Families, groups of friends, university and high school student groups, businesses, churches, and civic organizations alike volunteer to cook for our families. We only ask that during flu season (November 1 – April 1) no one under the age of 18 volunteers.

How does it work? What do we cook? Meals That Heal volunteers work as a group (up to 10 people) to plan menus, purchase ingredients and prepare meals in our House’s fully-equipped kitchen. ALL food must be prepared in our kitchen or brought directly from a commercial kitchen or grocery store. We are not able to serve par-baked or pre-prepared food.

Freezer Meals Program Not available to prepare dinner? No worries! We now have the Freezer Meals Program, an opportunity for volunteers to visit the House during business hours to prepare a meal that is frozen and saved for a later date for our families.

Sponsorship Opportunities Would your company like to sponsor our Meals That Heal program? For $1,000, your company will have brand placement on a barstool for one year in the House kitchen and will support program needs such as coordination, kitchen supplies, and Freezer Meal supplementation. 

About the organization

At Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha (RMHC), we focus on keeping things as ordinary, unperturbed and boring as possible. Why? Because the families we serve are regular folks facing unfamiliar situations – families with kids diagnosed with medical issues that are sometimes rare, sometimes chronic and sometimes both. And they’re often hundreds of miles from home. Obviously, the last thing they need is more trauma, which is why we work extra-hard to make sure their new normal is as normal as can be. In other words, in this House, we take extraordinary measures to create ordinary times. Our mission is to create and operate programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. We strive to do so by providing opportunities that strengthen children and families during their most difficult and challenging times. The specific purpose of RMHC is to support access to care, reduce financial burden, provide psychosocial support keeping families together, enhance clinical experiences and outcomes and help families resume normalcy. With 40 rooms and more than 14,600 lodging nights annually, normalcy is established by providing warm beds, hot showers, meals, laundry facilities, family friendly kitchens, playrooms, and a playground – all of the basic essentials of home. We also provide educational and artistic programs for all members of the family. Additionally, the Ronald McDonald House environment includes a built in support system where families are able to connect with each other forming an interdependent network of resources and collaboration. The cost to provide our services is approximately $120 per night, per family. Families are asked to pay $20 per night, but no family is ever turned away due to inability to pay.

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Contact Laurie Cope for more details:


620 South 38th Avenue

Omaha, Nebraska 68105