Serve a Meal at the Ronald McDonald House

Providing a meal is a fun way to get involved with friends, family or co-workers and is vital to our mission of providing a "home-away-from-home" for families who often return to the House exhausted after a long day at the hospital.

After a long day at the hospital, there’s nothing more appreciated than a home-cooked meal. Get together with friends, family or co-workers to plan a menu and prepare a comforting meal for our families. We provide the kitchen, you provide the menu! Whether a one-time event, or a monthly date, we invite you to come to the House and share your culinary skills with our families.

Please review our food safety instructions. Meal group leaders will need to acknowledge the group will follow these guidelines upon arrival.

If you have questions regarding scheduling a meal at the House on Limestone, please contact Marci Corbin, Program Manager, at or by calling (317) 267-0605, ext. 210.

If you have questions regarding scheduling a meal at the House in Riley, please contact David Lawson, Lead Guest Services Associate, at or by calling (317) 944-2269. If not available leave a message or please call (317) 944-2236.

PLEASE NOTE: Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has staffed metal detectors with video monitoring systems in lobbies at the Simon Family Tower and Riley Outpatient Center. If you are planning on serving a meal at Riley, please plan ahead and allow more time to enter through security.

Please carefully review the guidelines listed on the individual scheduling pages prior to scheduling. We encourage you to list your menu when signing up. This helps with meal attendance.

To request an accessible version of the Food Safety instructions or Meal Group guidelines, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people may participate?

Preparing and serving meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House is an excellent project for groups of up to 12 people at Limestone, and 8 at Riley due to the size and accessibility of our kitchens. At the Limestone location, no one under the age of 16 may work in the kitchens or serve food. Children between the ages of 8 and 16 may help in the dining room but must be accompanied by a parent. At the Riley location, no one under the age of 18 may cook in the kitchen or serve food. Children between the ages of 8 and 18 may help in the dining area but must be accompanied by a parent.

For groups of 13 or more that would like to volunteer, please click on the following link to learn about alternate volunteer opportunities:

What are the meal times?

Meals are scheduled 7 days a week. Scheduled meal times are as follows:

House at Limestone

  • Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Dinner: 6 to 7 p.m.

 House at Riley

  • Breakfast (Saturdays & Sundays only): 9 to 10:30 a.m. (Continental breakfast is served M-F)
  • Lunch: noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

How many people should we plan to serve?

For the Limestone location, we ask that you purchase or prepare a meal for 30 house guests for breakfast, and 50 house guests for dinner. For the Riley location we ask that you purchase or prepare a meal for 30 guests for breakfast, and 60 guests for lunch or dinner. House guests are informed of meal times; however, having a seriously ill child does not lend itself to a set schedule so the number of those who participate is difficult to predict. Leftovers from your meal are welcome and encouraged for our families who may have missed the scheduled meal time and may stop by to eat later in the day.

Who is responsible for meal planning?

We leave the meal planning up to the individual groups. Because of food safety requirements, all meals must be prepared in a commercial kitchen or at the RMHCCIN kitchen. During the winter months, lasagna, spaghetti, and chili are served quite frequently, so feel free to consider another hot food entree. Please contact us or see our Pinterest page, if you would like suggestions. Our families have access to complimentary coffee, milk and water. Soft drinks are also available for just $0.50 via our Coca-Cola vending machines. You are welcome to provide iced tea, lemonade or punch if you like. We have a 3 gallon beverage dispenser with spout available at our Limestone location. The expense of the meal is the responsibility of the group.

Do we need to bring anything for set up?

Tablecloths or decorations are not necessary. For the safety of our house guests we ask that you do NOT bring any candles or balloons. We do ask that you provide paper/plastic products. That would include utensils, napkins, plates, dessert plates and 12-oz cups. Groups providing meals at our House on Limestone will use the kitchen in the North Wing for any food preparation. We have gas grills that can be used for summer cookouts. Groups also serve the meals from tables located in the adjoining dining area. Groups are also required to bus the tables and clean up after the meal.

Where do we park and check-in?

Groups may park in the parking lot located behind our facility on Lansing Street. Since we share the parking lot with our families and have limited parking spaces, we encourage groups to carpool when possible. When you arrive at the Ronald McDonald House, please pull up to our main entrance on Limestone Street to obtain a parking pass from the front desk. You may also unload with our carts at this time. A volunteer or staff member will direct you to the parking lot. Please see Riley House scheduling page for information on checking in at this location.

Prepare a Freezer Meal

Our freezer meals program helps fill our freezers to feed RMHCCIN families when we have a cancellation or do not have a meal previously scheduled.


You bring the ingredients and a disposable pan – we provide the kitchen! Schedule a time that is convenient for you to prepare the casseroles or frozen meals (or simply donate a store-bought casserole)!


Please contact Marci Corbin, Family Experience Coordinator, at or (317) 267-0605 ext. 210 to schedule.