Meals from the Heart

Two unique opportunities to feed our families.

Whether you’re looking for a team-building activity for colleagues or a fun way to give back with friends and family, Meals from the Heart is a great way to be part of our mission and serve families. As a Meals from the Heart volunteer, you provide so much more than food. You provide families with a sense of comfort and community.

You can participate in our Meals from the Heart program in two unique ways. Our chef-led experience with Chef James gives you the opportunity 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’d prefer to do the planning and shopping on your own, we have an option for you too! You can plan and cook your meal from scratch in our commercial kitchen on select days of the week.

Both are great options and help support RMHCK families by providing them with food for the mind, body, and soul.

Meals from the Heart with Chef James

Chef-led Experience

Our chef-led experience makes it easy for groups of up to 8 people to experience the joy of feeding families without all the stress of coordinating and menu shopping. To participate, groups are asked to give a gift of $300 to support our meal program. Our chef will lead your group in prepping and cooking a delicious dinner to serve families staying at RMHCK. This is a great opportunity for team building, friends and family, church groups, and more!

Chef James will:

  • Conceptualize the menu
  • Shop for the ingredients
  • Provide a chef-led experience for your group

Your group will:

  • Prep and cook a meal with Chef James
  • Serve the meal to families staying at RMHCK
  • Clean and pack-up leftovers
Dates Available Meal Number of Cooks Arrival Time Serving Time Clean-up Time
Saturday – Wednesday Dinner Up to 8 4 PM 6 – 7 PM 7 – 7:30 PM

Meal: Dinner
Dates Available: Saturday – Wednesday
Number of Cooks: Up to 8
Arrival Time: 4 PM
Serving Time: 6 – 7 PM
Clean-up Time: 7 – 7:30 PM

Meet Chef James

Chef James graduated with a B.A. in culinary management from the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He’s been cooking for 14 years and was the Executive Chef at Whiskey Dry by Ed Lee and Sous Chef at Milkwood. Most recently, Chef James served as the Culinary Liaison to The LEE Initiative.

“I am excited to serve and help others serve our guest families. I look forward to assisting you with this in any way I can, and if I can show you a chef trick or two, then that’s all just a bonus.”

Meals from the Heart

Plan and cook your meal from scratch.

This opportunity is all about bringing the flavors of your home into our House, putting you in control of creating a comforting meal for families. Your group of up to 8 people creates the menu, buys ingredients, and cooks in our fully-equipped commercial kitchen.

For the health and well-being of our families, ALL food must be prepared in our commercial kitchen or in an outside commercial kitchen. Any store-bought items should be in unopened containers and all produce should be brought in whole.

Dates Available Meal Number of Cooks Arrival Time Serving Time Clean-up Time
Thursday & Friday Dinner Up to 8 4 PM 6 – 7 PM 7 – 7:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday Brunch Up to 8 8 AM 10 – 11 AM 11 – 11:30 AM

Meal: Dinner
Dates Available: Thursday & Friday
Number of Cooks: Up to 8
Arrival Time: 4 PM
Serving Time: 6 – 7 PM
Clean-up Time: 7 – 7:30 PM

Meal: Brunch
Dates Available: Saturday & Sunday
Number of Cooks: Up to 8
Arrival Time: 8 AM
Serving Time: 10 – 11 AM
Clean-up Time: 11 – 11:30 AM

We’d Love to Hear About Your Experience!

  • Share your photos and experience with us!
  • Tag us on your social media – @rmhckentuckiana #LoveServedDaily #MealsFromTheHeart #ChefJamesLou
  • Send an email, photo, or video to April at april@rmhck.org and share a little about your experience.
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Meals From The Heart

Plan and cook your meal from scratch.

Please fill out the form below to request a date for our Meals From The Heart experience. 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.

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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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Madison Weiter

Volunteer Coordinator

Hello!! I can help answer questions you may have about volunteering at Ronald McDonald House.

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Grace Hargreaves

Program Coordinator

Hello!! I can help answer questions you may have about participating in our Adopt-A-Meal or hosting an activity for our families.

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