Serve a Hot Meal

Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton

a group of five sitting around the kitchen cooking a meal

Hot Meal Program – Covid-19 Update

To reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure, we have had to temporarily suspend our Hot Meal program. But, you can help ensure that our families come home to a Hot Meal each evening by donating grocery, restaurant, and catering gift cards.


View Our Meal Provider Guidelines

“We cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity and it helped us so much to have a hot meal at the end of each stressful, scary day. Ginger is getting released today and going home for the first time. We are grateful beyond words.” (The Hammel Family)

These words ring true for most of our guests. In times of medical crisis, it is traditional for families and friends to prepare meals for loved ones. At RMHC Dayton, our families spend long days and nights at the hospital with their child. When they come back to their community of comfort and hope, a hot nutritious meal gives exhausted and overwhelmed families the chance to relax and connect with others before the next day starts.

Meal Provider Calendar

Things to Consider

Meal opportunities are available 7-Days a week/ 365-days a year. Meals can be scheduled on a monthly, quarterly, or one-time basis. Participants plan the menu and supply the food, paper products, and plastic utensils. Breakfast is served Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM. Dinner is served 7 days a week between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Please prepare enough food for 25 and 40 people. Dinner preparation must be done on-site; unless it is prepared in a commercial kitchen and brought in. Our kitchen is equipped with all reasonable cooking necessities. A Barbecue Grill is available.

Meals for Our Family Rooms

We are also in need of prepared meals for our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms® (RMFR), which offer amenities of the House inside the hospital for families’ just steps away from their child’s bedside. Families have access to meals, shower facilities, and laundry facilities at no cost to the families.   Warm meals are so appreciated by families. RMFR meals need to be frozen to be reheated either in a crock pot or in the oven.  Please supply either resealable gallon sized Ziploc bags or half sized aluminum pans.

We are also in need of food donations for meal service. Visit our Wish List to see what items are needed.

A Guest Service Manager will be available to answer any questions, assist with your groups needs, and provide a tour of the House.

For more information on this program, please review our Hot Meal Provider Guidelines. For changes or cancellations, please contact Guest Services Manager Genna Stoffel at [email protected] or 937-224-0047 x. 10.