Adopt A Meal

Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House often experience stress due to the illness or health status of their child. The Adopt A Meal Program offers groups of volunteers the opportunity to extend needed support to these families by providing  a meal for them.

This is a volunteer activity that is great for groups of up to 8 people, which is how many our kitchen comfortably holds. Service organizations, church groups, corporate teams, college organizations....all types of groups have provided meals for our families.
If you want to participate in providing a meal, please complete our Adopt A Meal program application.  Because this activity is so popular, dates for providing meals are typically requested well in advance. Please see our Adopt A Meal Guidelines (listed below) for the answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about this program. If you have any further questions, please contact Lucy McLaughlin.

We are unable to accept meals that have been prepared in a private home.

To stay in compliance with the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, we can only accept meals that have been prepared and assembled in a commercial kitchen. The kitchen at our House is a commercial kitchen and we strongly recommend that groups use it to prepare the meals. Groceries can be brought in and meals prepared in our kitchen which enhances our "home-away-from-home" atmosphere.

If a group is unable to prepare a meal in our kitchen, they may choose to have something delivered from a restaurant or catering service.

Adopt a Meal Program at the Savannah Ronald McDonald House

We ask our volunteers to keep in mind that healthy, nutritious meals are the best kind to keep our families in good health during a stressful time. Here are the guidelines to follow:
1. Reserve your date with the Volunteer Coordinator.  Please do this either by phone or mail.
2. Complete and return the Adopt A Meal program application.
3. Dinner should be prepared for approximately 30 - 35  people plus any members of your group that would enjoy having dinner  with the families.
4. Dinner is served at 6p.m.  Please plan your arrival accordingly.
5.The outside grill is available for your use.  Please remember to clean it afterwards.
6. We have two gas ovens and two microwaves available to use.
7. Gloves must be worn and will be provided for your use during food preparation.
8. Please limit the number of people in your group to no more than eight.  That is the number of people our kitchen will  accommodate comfortably.
9. Put all pots, pans and utensils in the dishwasher.  No hand washing!
10. Please remember that due to the varying hospital schedules our families keep, some may be sleeping while you are preparing dinner.  We ask that you bear this in mind and keep noise levels to a minimum.
11. Cleaning products and supplies are under the kitchen sink to assist you in returning the kitchen to a clean state.
12.The food is served buffet style and will be kept available until 7 pm, after which it will be packaged, dated and stored in the refrigerator.  Families in the House at the dinner hour vary on a daily basis so don't be disappointed if some of your preparation needs to be refrigerated.  It will be enjoyed when the families return.
13. Under no circumstances is photography of our families permitted unless you have made prior arrangements with a staff member.  The privacy of our familes is important to us.

For more information on hosting a meal, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lucy McLaughlin, or call 912-350-7641.


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