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Meals That Heal

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 at RMHC in Omaha.

What is it?

At RMHC, 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, with 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 provide a meal for our families. We only ask that during flu season (November 1 – April 1) all volunteers be over the age of 18.

How does it work? What do we cook?

With our Meals That Heals program, volunteers have a couple of options to get involved:

Cook in Our Kitchen: Meals That Heal volunteers work as a group (group size subject to change) 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, except for prepared food from a grocery store. We are not able to serve par-baked or pre-prepared food. For other FAQs please read through our Meals That Heal Information Sheet, where you’ll find all other guidelines.

Meal Delivery: With our Meals That Heal Curbside program, you can provide an evening meal for all the families at our House without ever leaving your own, all while supporting local businesses. You may contact any restaurant/catering service of your choice, place an order, and have it delivered to the House on the date you have coordinated.

Prepare a Freezer Meal: Not available to prepare dinner? No worries! We have the Freezer Meals Program. The Freezer Meals program is designed with ease in mind. On days that we don’t have a dinner group, we want to have meals available from the freezer ready to heat and serve. To learn more, please click here.

Pro Tip: Creativity is welcome when planning your menu! If you’re unsure of what to cook, you can always check to see if your date is a National Food Holiday and plan around that! Looking for meal ideas? Check out our Pinterest board!

Sign me up!

Our goal is to have 365 meals provided to the families that call RMHC in Omaha a home away from home. If you would like to sign up, simply pick an open date (or multiple) on the calendar below and contact Ann Woodford to secure your date.

If you have further questions or would like to sign up, please contact Ann Woodford at awoodford@rmhcomaha.org at 402-346-9377.

Meal Calendar

We choose to support the RMHC because it is a staple of our community. For us, the least we can do is come make a home cooked meal for these wonderful families and get to know their stories. Giving to an organization that does so much good for others is one we want to get behind! Thanks to the RMHC, so many families have a place to call home during the toughest time in their lives.

- Hannah Coleman, Concentric

We do what we do for the House because we can, we care, we are in hospitality and we stand behind “Pure Hospitality”! What is “Pure Hospitality”? It’s family, community, genuine, unscripted, honesty. Along with our staff, we believe RMHC fits into all of
these categories.

- Tim Darby, Magnolia Hotel

Cquence Health Group is very family focused and we participate in many events each year that support both families and children in the community. RMHC is a great way to directly help families that are going through a scary and stressful time in their lives. We love having the chance to make things a little easier for them by providing a good home cooked meal at the end of their day.

- Jennifer White, Cassling

© McDonald’s Corporation The following trademarks used herein are owned by McDonald’s Corporation and its affiliates; McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities Logo, RMHC, Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. RMHC is recognized as a public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 509(a) and has 501(c)(3) status. Donations to RMHC are deductible. Donors should consult their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility. The RMHC in Omaha EIN is 47-0755104. A copy of the RMHC determination letter is available upon request. To request accessible versions of RMHC in Omaha financial documents, please email hsamuels@rmhcomaha.org.