Cooks for kids

Gather your friends, family, co-workers or church members together to cook a meal for our families. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved as a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. Your donation of time, food and energy is essential to our mission to provide a caring uplifting environment for the families.

The meal program involves preparing dinner (breakfast and lunch 2-3 times a week) for guest families staying at a Ronald McDonald House or Family Room. New in 2014, all food items served in the Houses must be cooked in our kitchens or a commercial kitchen for the safety of our guests. Please see the chart below and links to more information about each location option:


Cherry Street House

Longfellow House

Family Room in CMH

All meals must be scheduled in advance. Please look at our meal calendar online and contact:

Tara Adler

Tara Adler

Maggie Freeman


Located at the corner of 25th and Cherry St;
2501 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64108

Located directly West of the Cherry Street House;
2502 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64108

Children’s Mercy Hospital; 
2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108

Due to limited kitchen & dining capacities, please limit your group size to:

10 people

15 people

10 people

At dinner, please prepare enough food for:

25-30 people

40-50 people

40-50 people

At breakfast or lunch, please prepare enough food for:

10-15 people

20-25 people

40-50 people


For more information on preparing a meal at the Longfellow or Cherry Street Houses, Click Here, or for the CMH Family Room, Click Here.

To get your group started with providing a meal, here are easy steps to follow:

1. To volunteer for the Meal Program, please view our meal group calendar to check available dates.
2. Please choose three possible dates, then fill out the Meal Group Application online.
3. An RMHC-KC staff member will respond to your request within 3-5 business days to follow-up and/or confirm.




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