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 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, brunch, or lunch, please prepare enough food for:

10-15 people

20-25 people

40-50 people

At snack time, please prepare enough food for:

20-30 people

40-50 people

50-60 people


Before proceeding to sign-up for a meal, please review the meal guidelines for the program you are interested in serving.

Family Room

Longfellow and Cherry Street Houses

Afternoon Snacks


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


Click Here to sign up for meal opportunities. It will bring you to the page with all the volunteer opportunities. Either choose by location or scroll down to find a full list of opportunities. Click on the opportunity you are interested in and review the details thoroughly before proceeding.



At the top right hand corner there will be a “View Calendar to Apply” button. Click on it, choose a day that works best for you, and click “Group sign up” for that day.  If you would like to serve on a reoccurring basis use the link at top of this page.

**You must be logged in to VolunteerMark to sign up to volunteer. If this is your first time, you will need to create an account before proceeding.**


3. Enter in your information for your group, including the names and contact information for at least two of your volunteers. When finished, click “Finish group signup,” look over the consent form, and finish signup.

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