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730 Hawkins DriveIowa City, IA 52246
Family Dinner


Food is Love

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois serve dinner each night for the families we serve at our 3 locations. Volunteer groups are vital in providing these meals. Many families are under a great deal of stress and appreciate coming back to the House or Family Room for a home-cooked meal after a long day.

The Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City:

The House has all the necessary pans, dishes, silverware, etc., however, you are welcome to bring paper plates or plastic ware. The House has four separate kitchen modules, each equipped with range, microwave, sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator.

The House serves aproximately 35-45 people. Please understand our families have different, unpredictable schedules subject to frequent changes. They are not always able to make it back in time for dinner, but leftovers are placed in the refrigerators for families to enjoy when they return from the hospital.

The House can accomodate up to 10 chefs.

The Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital and at Unity Point St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids:

The Family Room kitchens have everything you will need including an oven, electric skillet, microwave, pots and pans, baking sheets, utensils, etc. Please note: the Family Rooms do not have a stovetops.

The Family Rooms typically serve about 25 people each night.

The Family Rooms can accomodate up to 5 chefs

General Information:

Your group will be responsible for planning the menu, providing the groceries, preparing the meal, and cleaning up. Remember that leftovers equal tomorrow’s lunch. We encourage your creativity on meal planning, as we tend to have an abundance of spaghetti, lasagna, and taco meals. Think about what you do best, your special dishes, and those for which you receive compliments. Your menu does not need to meet any dietary restrictions. It should be balanced, though, with vegetables, bread, and dessert. The families usually have their own milk, juice, or pop. However, you are welcome to bring beverages.

  • Dinner ideas: Beef, chicken, pork, casseroles, sub sandwiches, homemade soups, breakfast for dinner, and baked potato bar
  • Meals with a theme: Italian Night, Mexican Night, Chinese Night, Pizza Night

To volunteer to prepare a meal at the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City, contact Lexie Lindner at 319-359-3939 or


  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food Service
  • Group Facilitation
  • Children Medical Services
  • Hospitality

Good Match For

Kids Teens Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18

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