Keeping Families Close

Family Meals

Family Meals

Share the gift of a homemade meal with our families.

Having a night off from cooking is a huge relief for the 73 families who stay at Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon each night. It’s more than just a meal, you help create a feeling of home – a priceless feeling for our families who are far from the comfort of their own homes.
 
Come prepare a meal alongside our in-House Chef through our new Chef-Led Meals Program! This engaging and fun group experience is perfect for team building and replaces our previous Family Meals program.

20,087 meals were enjoyed by families at the House last year.

5,000 Grab N Go snacks travelled with them to the hospital.

3,000 freezer meals provided late night fuel after long days.

How The Program Works

Once you complete our online booking form and we receive your House engagement donation (this amount can also be fundraised), our Food Services Coordinator will get back to you with advice on how to plan for your meal.
 
If you are cooking dinner, your schedule will run from 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm from arrival to clean-up. We have friendly staff including our in-House Chef and volunteers who will be with you every step of the way to ensure your meal is a success!

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Meal Programs Overview

BREAKFAST:
As a group of 10 to 12 people, come make breakfast for the families as they start their week.
• When: bi-weekly on Mondays from 7am to 10am.
• Cost: $1,000 (fully tax-deductible or can be fundraised)
 
DINNER:
As a group of 10 to 12 people, give families the night off from cooking.
• When: weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 7:30pm.
• Cost: $1,500 (fully tax-deductible or can be fundraised)
 
FOOD PREP:
As a group of 4 to 8 people, come bake or prepare other meals for the families to help themselves to throughout the week.
• When: bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm.
• Cost: $500 (fully tax-deductible or can be fundraised)
 
LUNCH:
As a group of 4 to 8 people, come make lunch for the families as they start their weekends.
• When: bi-weekly on Fridays from 9am to 12pm.
• Cost: $500 (fully tax-deductible or can be fundraised)
 
No Fee, Supplies Only Options (off-site)​
Grab & Go Bags
Welcome Bags​
 
Alumni Family groups are able to book at no charge, and RMHC National Mission Partners are eligible for discounted fees. Please contact us!

Contact Us

FAQ

Why the Chef-Led Program?

The Chef-Led Program aligns with our organizational goals in several key areas:
 
1. Alignment with Other Houses: Many Houses across Canada and the US have successfully transitioned to a Chef-led program, and this model has proven to be highly effective.
 
2. Health and Safety Standards: By purchasing groceries centrally, we gain greater control over food quality, storage conditions, and overall adherence to health and safety standards.
 
3. Time Savings for Groups: The new program eliminates the need for groups to invest time in recipe research, quantity calculations, and grocery shopping, thus reducing barriers and allowing more groups to participate.
 
4. Variety of Cuisines: The families staying at RMH BC are diverse, so we want to be able to provide meals that are inclusive of all cultures by providing unique menus. The Chef will be selecting the menus based on what is available and in season.
 
5. Reducing Food Waste: Having a chef carefully curate menus will allow us to reduce food waste by repurposing any leftovers to make additional meals and work with the rising food costs.
 
6. Impact-driven Experience: Think of it as a cooking class that gives back – what could be a more rewarding way to learn new culinary skills?

Does my group need to pay the House Engagement Fee?

For groups that no longer wish to participate in this program due to these changes, we have a large variety of other options including making Freezer Meals, preparing lunch for families, and participating in seasonal activities such as cookie decorating or making Halloween treat bags.
 
We’re so grateful for the many groups who have remained dedicated to our Family Meals Program over the years.
 
Alumni families – no charge/can choose to fundraise

RMHC National Mission Partners – discounted participation rates and/or waived fees

Will I receive a tax receipt?

Yes! Your House Engagement Fee is fully tax receiptable.

Can we fundraise for the House Engagement Fee?

Absolutely! Setting up a fundraising page is an easy way to collect donations online from family and friends before you cook at the House. By raising funds through a bake sale, trivia night, or other idea, you’re supporting more than just a meal, you’re helping to create a feeling of home for families who are many miles away from their own homes.

What safety protocols do we need to follow?

To ensure that we are keeping all families safe, we ask that all visitors to the House must be fully vaccinated (2 doses) and are required to show proof of vaccination. You will be asked to wear gloves during all food preparation. If you would like to wear a mask, medical grade masks will be provided at the front desk.

Will my team get a chance to eat?

We always do our best to provide groups the opportunity to eat after service time. We make sure to serve all the families first, then our Food Services Coordinator will let your team lead know if there is enough left over to feed everyone. At this time, you are welcome to sit in the kitchen or courtyard to enjoy the meal you’ve prepared together.

Can I share pictures on social media?

Yes, feel free to capture your group in action and share away! Don’t forget to tag us: @rmhbc. Keep in mind that our families are at home – please refrain from taking any photos or videos of families.

What if we have to cancel?

We require a minimum two weeks notice to reschedule or cancel your Family Meal. Although your House Engagement Fee will not be refunded, we will find another date available for you to book at no additional cost. If you must cancel less than two weeks out and are unable to reschedule, we strongly encourage you still organize a family meal on the date you had booked – whether it’s a pizza delivery, food truck or other option.
 
Often last-minute cancellations end up costing the organization between $2,000-$2,500 to find alternative options on short notice and as it is our mission to ensure we deliver meals to families throughout the week, this creates a challenge for us as an organization who relies on community support. This essential program helps relieve the emotional and financial burdens of families having to plan and prepare food after long days at the hospital, which is why it is so important we ensure meals are consistently provided.

Can we hold a date?

As the demand for participating in the Family Meals program is high, we will hold your preferred date for one week, however, if we have not received your House Engagement Fee by that time, we will release the date to another group. 

How often can we book a Family Meal throughout the year?

Due to the popularity of the program, we can only accommodate up to 2 bookings per year for corporate groups. Please connect with our team for additional information on other corporate engagement opportunities.

Can we bring children as part of the group?

We welcome volunteers age 18 and up.

“As parents, we have to make such life-changing decisions for our kids every day that even something like choosing what’s for dinner drains you. The Family Meal program is an incredible relief.” – The Ady Family, Trail, BC

"We never thought we would be here for almost 6 months. Staying at the House has really taken the edge off and kept us sane and healthy. There's been delicious, fresh food we've got to enjoy during our time here, and we'll be leaving here stronger than when we came, with recipes to try out at home and now three amazing sons." – The Querin Family, Dawson Creek, BC

"RMH BC helps to take care of the entire family so we can focus on what’s most important. Family meals help to take the pressure off so we can simply sit down to a home-cooked meal with our kids." – The Veltri Family, Sooke, BC

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