Love Served Daily

Season our kitchen with love.

The Love Served Daily meal program at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families staying at our House. We have a number of volunteer options that you can be a part of and help bring joy and comfort to the 56 families that stay with us.

To ensure the safety and well-being of all our guests and staff, guests 18 years of age or older are required to sign in via our Lobby Guard system by scanning their ID or entering their name and date of birth. The Lobby Guard system will run a public sex offender check on all visitors. Individuals who appear on the national sex offender registry will be denied entrance to our House.

Meals from the Heart

There are two unique ways to participate in our Meals from the Heart program. Our chef-led experience with Chef James allows you to cook a meal in our commercial kitchen with a professional chef, with the added bonus of helping families in need. The best part — Chef James will shop and prepare the menu for you and your group. If you prefer to take charge of the planning and shopping, our legacy option allows you to cook your meal from scratch in our commercial kitchen on select days of the week.

The Details

  • Great for groups, team building, and families, up to 8 people
  • Minimum Volunteer Age: 10 years old
  • Our Chef-led option is offered Sunday-Thursday, 4:00-7:30 pm
  • Our legacy option is offered Friday & Saturday, 4:00-7:30 pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 8-11:30 am
  • The time commitment is 3.5 hours

Lunches of Love

Lunches of Love is a great way for families to enjoy delicious and nutritious meals on the move! Having an easy meal is the perfect way to keep our families energized throughout their days at the hospital.

The Details

  • Great for groups and families, up to 8 people
  • Minimum Volunteer Age: 6 years old
  • Lunches are prepared on-site in our commercial kitchen
  • Offered Monday, 10 am-12 pm; Thursday & Saturday, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • The time commitment is 1-2 hours

Baking

Help our House smell like home by baking up something wonderful in our kitchen! Volunteer groups are asked to bring all their own ingredients and decorations. All food must be in its original package.

The Details

  • Great for groups and families, up to 8 people
  • Minimum Volunteer Age: 10 years old
  • Baked goods are prepared on-site in our commercial kitchen
  • Offered Tuesday-Thursday, 10 am-12 pm; Sunday, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • The time commitment is 2-3 hours

Casseroles

Help stock our freezers with family-sized casseroles that families can grab when they check out and head home. These casseroles provide a much-needed convenience for families as they return home from the hospital.

The Details

  • Great for groups or families, up to 12 people
  • Minimum Volunteer Age: 10 years old
  • Casseroles are prepared on-site in our commercial kitchen
  • Offered Fridays 12:30-2:30 pm
  • The time commitment is 2-3 hours

Other Ways You Can Support RMHCK’s Meal Program

Fund a Meal

A simple meal can provide significant comfort for families after an exhausting day at the hospital. Your gift today supports our meal program, giving families the strength they need to be there for their children while they receive care at local hospitals.

Stock Our Pantry

You can make an extraordinary difference with ordinary, everyday kitchen and pantry items to keep our House running and help families feel at home. Help stock our pantries by shopping the wish list below.

Items can be dropped off at 550 S. First Street daily, 9 am – 7 pm. 

Kitchen Needs (Bulk Sizes Encouraged)

  • Salad Dressings
  • Canned Vegetables, #10 can
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Rice

Pantry Needs

  • Protein Bars
  • Canned Soup
  • Cereal
  • Cake and Brownie Mix
  • Single Serve Non-Perishable, Microwaveable Meals

Food Packaging & Utensils (Eco-Friendly Options Encouraged)

  • 8oz, Pint, & Quart Deli-Style Disposable Food Storage Containers with Lids
  • 9×9 & 4.5×4.5 To Go Boxes
  • Ziplock Bags, sandwich and snack size

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Tag us on your social media – @rmhckentuckiana #LoveServedDaily

Sponsor

With your support, Love Served Daily can continue nourishing families, building resilience, and offering hope during their darkest hours. We invite you to donate today. Your contribution
to Love Served Daily ensures that every family at RMHCK has the strength and comfort they need to face their challenges. For more information about this sponsorship opportunity, contact Sara Silletto at sara@rmhck.org.

$1,000 – $4,999: You will feed 100+ people for one day

  • Recognition on the Love Served Daily webpage
  • Opportunity to participate in one Meals from the Heart Chef-Led Experience

$5,000 – $9,999: You will feed 72+ people for one week

  • Recognition on Love Served Daily collateral
  • Recognition on the Love Served Daily webpage
  • Opportunity to participate in up to two Meals from the Heart Chef-led Experiences

$10,000+: You will feed 33+ people for one month

  • Recognition in the main kitchen area
  • Recognition on Love Served Daily collateral
  • Recognition on the Love Served Daily webpage
  • Opportunity to participate in up to four Meals from the Heart Chef-led Experiences

Frequently Asked Questions

All of these options sound great! I need help deciding. Who should I contact?

Need help deciding which volunteer activity to do? Contact Activities and Culinary Programs Coordinator Grace Hargreaves at Grace@rmhck.org or 502.371.1446.

We have a large group, what are our options?

At this time, we are only able to accommodate groups of 15 or less. Looking for opportunities for larger groups? Check out our check out our Volunteer at Home opportunities.

Can I volunteer on a quarterly basis?

Yes! Just let us know how often you would like to volunteer, and we will make sure we have you and/or your group on the schedule.

At what age are children allowed to volunteer?

Children between the ages of 6-15 are able to volunteer with adult supervision. For opportunities for groups with younger children, check out our Volunteer at Home opportunities.

Will I be volunteering with other people?

No. You will only be volunteering with the group you are with. We do not schedule other individuals or groups with you.

Is parking available?

Free Parking Options

Our Main Parking Lot is on the LEFT side of First Street across from the House.

  • The parking lot entrance is marked with a sign directly past Peace Park.
  • The parking lot is gated. You’ll receive the parking lot code via email closer to your volunteer date.

Paid Parking Options

Our parking lot is primarily for our guest families to use. Depending on the number of families staying with us, our lot may be full. If this is the case or you are with a larger group, there are a few paid parking options for you.

  • Parking meters on First Street and Chestnut Street.
  • Parking garage next to the Downtown YMCA on Second Street.
  • To locate additional parking, download the ParkMobile app.

Can I do court ordered community service?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept community restitution or court-ordered volunteers.

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Casseroles

Please fill out the form below to request a date to prepare casseroles for RMHCK families. You will receive an email within 2 business days to confirm your date.

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Baking

Please fill out the form below to request a date to bake delicious treats for RMHCK families. You will receive an email within 2 business days to confirm your date.

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Meals From The Heart With Chef James

Chef-Led Experience

Please fill out the form below to request a date for our Meals From The Heart With Chef James, a chef-led experience. You will receive an email within 2 business days to confirm your date. Once your date is confirmed, you will receive a link to make your $300 donation.

Click here to read our Meals From The Heart With Chef James guidelines. 

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One-Time Volunteer Sign-up

Thank you for giving back to RMHCK families!

Please fill out the form below to receive more information or to sign-up your group up for a one-time volunteer opportunity. Someone on our team will reach out within 2 business days to schedule your date. Thank you!

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Grace Hargreaves

Program Coordinator

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