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ORGANIZATION: Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego

Cooking for a Cause

Are you a foodie with a philanthropic heart? Do you wish you could be on a team that delivers culinary creations to an appreciative group of diners? If you answered YES to either question, we at Ronald McDonald House Charities(r) San Diego have a volunteer opportunity for you -- let the chef in you LIVE in our NEW commercial kitchen! Bring your sous chef skills to task working with our kitchen staff to prep, cook, and serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner to families who children are staying in local hospitals due to serious illnesses and injuries. Your creations will be experienced by approximately 100 hungry people of all ages who need to be nourished during a most challenging time for them.
This is a fun and productive way to spend time with family members or friends -- most shifts need two volunteers!

COVID-19 has brought us challenges, but we continue to serve meals to guests staying at the House as well as visitors from Rady Children's Hospital and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns along with other hospitals nearby.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist chef with meal preparation by washing and chopping food.
  • Pre-cook food items, if necessary.
  • Inspect food for quality.
  • Package all foods into conveniently located containers.
  • Serve food with a smile!
  • Help chef clean-up work area.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to easily work with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy and empathy when working with guests and visitors.
  • Experience and interest cooking and preparing food a plus!
  • Self-starter able to work with minimal supervision, and as an integral team member.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple, competing tasks and requests.
  • Enthusiastic with a willingness to learn.
  • Able to lift up to 25 lbs (accommodations made for those who cannot lift).

3 Shifts

  • morning / 06:00 AM to 08:30 AM
    Help prepare and serve breakfast! Help prepare breakfast to families of children who are ill and injured.
  • 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
    Help prepare and serve lunch to families of children who are ill and injured.
  • 04:00 PM to 07:15 PM
    Help prepare and serve dinner to families of children who are ill and injured.
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About Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego


2929 Children's Way, San Diego, CA 92123, US

Mission Statement

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a "home away from home" for families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals.


At San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House, we know that children need their parents to be strong. We provide an essential "home away from home" where families may take care of their own basic needs while remaining just minutes from their child's hospital bedside. Research shows that when families stay close to their hospitalized child, the child heals faster and the family copes better. This year, we’ll house over 1,500 families, providing meals, computer access, laundry and exercise facilities, and much more, all in an environment where families may connect with others who understand what they’re going through. Depending on their child’s condition, families may stay at our House for days, weeks, or even months at a time.


Children & Youth
Health & Medicine
Children & Youth, Community, Health & Medicine


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 3 shifts


2929 Children's WaySan Diego, CA 92123



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Baking
  • Food Service
  • Nutrition
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One shift per week required. Multiple shifts available each day.
  • If you love to cook and delight in seeing people enjoy your culinary delights, this is the opportunity for you to volunteer -- it will feed your soul!

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