Ronald McDonald House Meal Guidelines

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Details regarding what types of foods & preparations the RMcD House accepts.

Details regarding what types of foods & preparations the RMcD House accepts.

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  • 1. Volunteer ServicesFamily Meal Pro gram Guidelines
  • 2. Dear Friends, Thank you for your interest in providing meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House®. Here, families find the comforts of home, including meals provided by volunteers and emotional support through contact with families in similar situations.The Family Meal program provides a much needed service to families of very ill children during their most difficult days. This valued service would not be possible without the help of friends like you. This program is for groups with a maximum of 10 volunteers at the Gatewood House and 6 volunteers at the Peachtree Dunwoody House.The time commitment is usually 3–4 hours. Unfortunately we don’t have space to accommodate larger groups. Please consider breaking large groups into several smaller groups.The minimum age to volunteer is 9 years old. All volunteers under 18 years old require a chaperone. The Board of Health encourages us to have all meals prepared in our House whenever possible. Food prepared in commercial cooking establishments such as restaurants, catering services or cafeterias and then brought in or delivered is acceptable. When visiting the House there are a number of safety precautions to keep in mind. For the welfare of the families we ask that you do not visit if you are coughing, feverish, have a runny nose or have been exposed to a contagi o u s disease. Some children are in isolation and their immune suppressed bodies cannot fight even the simplest of colds. To prevent the spread of bacteria and infections, gloves are provided for all visitors, and we ask that you wear them while preparing food and wash your hands often. Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House is a rewarding experience. Coming home from the hospital to a freshly prepared meal, made by people who care is a real gift to our families.Thank you for making a difference. Sincerely, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities Volunteer ServicesATLANTA RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES
  • 3. Family Meal ProgramVarious groups including families, individuals, co-workers, classmates, church members and clubs prepareand serve dinner each evening for the guests at our two Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses. Evening mealsand weekend brunches are needed year round.You may provide meals as often as your schedule permits: one time, once a month, once a year or asoften as you wish. The Family Meal Program is important because these families don t have the extratime, resources or energy to prepare or purchase a meal.Serving Requirements:If providing a dinner at the Gatewood Ronald McDonald House, you will purchase and prepareenough food for 50 to 65 people Monday–Thursday, 30 to 45 Friday–Sunday and 30 for brunch.If providing a dinner at the Peachtree Dunwoody Ronald McDonald House, you will purchase andprepare enough food for 20 people Monday–Thursday, 10–15 Friday—Sunday and 10 for brunch.Please note serving size can vary due to House occupancy.Casserole ClubThe Casserole Club is an extension of our Family Meal Program, designed to include the many indi-vidual volunteers interested in helping to provide meals for the families. We ask that you come intoone of our Houses to prepare the casseroles. Volunteers will be responsible for bringing ingredientsto make the casseroles and a disposable 9 x 13 oven safe pan for storing. Casseroles are stored inthe freezer and taken out as needed. Cassarole Club is available Monday—Friday at 10am or 2pm.Baker’s ClubEveryone enjoys homemade sweets now and then! Our families appreciate it when bakers come intoone of our Houses to bake cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc. Volunteers will be responsible forbringing ingredients to make the sweet treats. This service can include individuals or groups.Baker s Club is available Monday—Friday at 10am or 2pm.Breakfast ClubBreakfast is the most important meal of the day! Our families enjoy having milk, orange juice, applejuice, sausage, bacon, eggs, bagels & cream cheese, pop tarts and cereals to choose from eachmorning. You can schedule a morning to prepare breakfast in the House kitchen, drop off freshbreakfast items for our families to enjoy or donate breakfast items to the House pantry. To schedule a volunteer activity or for more information please contact: Gatewood Volunteer Services Peachtree Dunwoody Volunteer Services 678.704.8098 404.847.0760 1 VOLUNTEER SERVICES FAMILY MEAL PROGRAM GUIDELINES
  • 4. Meal Donation Guidelines ~ A complete meal includes a meat dish, vegetarian dish, vegetable or fruit and dessert ~ When providing a salad, prepare enough for approximately half the total number of people listed under Serving Requirements. Please do not mix salad toppings or dressing in the salad. ~ Brunch is served at 10AM. Dinner is served between 6PM and 6:30PM. ~ Please limit your group size to no more than 10 volunteers at Gatewood Ronald McDonald House or 6 at Peachtree Dunwoody Ronald McDonald House. ~ Children under the age of 9 are not allowed to participate in the Family Meal Program. ~ Come as early as you need to prepare your meal in our large, fully-equipped kitchen. Please notify staff when you arrive so you can bring your food and supplies through the kitchen area rather than the main entrance. ~ Most cooking utensils and equipment are provided (pots, pans, large spoons, etc). ~ Bring any special equipment needed. ~ Plates, silverware and glasses are provided, but you may bring paper products for easier cleanup. ~ Tea and coffee are provided; please bring other types of drinks you plan to serve with your meal. ~ We ask that you set the meal out on the serving counter. ~ Once guest families have helped themselves, your volunteer group may also go through the line and stay to eat and visit with the families. ~ Clean up begins 45 minutes to 1 hour after serving time. ~ Place all dishes in the dishwashers and run dishwashers if they are full. ~ Place all leftovers in sealed containers, label with food item and date and place in refrigerator. Feel free to bring additional storage containers for our Houses to use and keep. ~ Place all garbage in trash receptacles and recycling in the recycling bins. Meal service for the families is usually a 2–4 hour time commitment depending on your meal.Volunteer services requests that you submit your menu two weeks prior to your scheduled meal. Please contact us in advance if you are not able to keep your commitment. Remember, the families count on you. 2ATLANTA RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES
  • 5. MenuSuggestions Breakfast for dinnerBrunch Ideas Sides Breakfast Casseroles or quiches Fresh vegetables Eggs Veggie casseroles Bacon or sausage Veggie stir fry Pancakes, waffles or french toast Homemade soups Bagels and cream cheese Pastas Muffins, biscuits or croissants Salads Fruit salad Coleslaw Grits Vegetable medley Chicken or tuna salad Baked potato StuffingMeat Dish Ideas Macaroni and cheese Beef and noodles/stroganoff Rice or rice pilaf Sloppy joes Potato or pasta salad BBQ chicken, beef or pork Bread/rolls/biscuits/cornbread Stir fry Corn on the cob Tuna, chicken or beef casseroles Beef, chicken or turkey chili Homemade soups Sub sandwiches Baked ham, turkey, pork or chicken Rotisserie chicken Pizza Taco bar, taco salads, burritos, enchiladas or any other Mexican dish Grilled hamburger, hotdogs or shish kabobs Fried chicken or chicken fingers Pastas with meat sauce and meatballs Fish sticks or fillets 3 VOLUNTEER SERVICES FAMILY MEAL PROGRAM GUIDELINES
  • 6. Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities795 Gatewood Road, NE • Atlanta, GA 30329 404.315.1133 • FAX 404.315.7873 www.armhc.org