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Cooks for Kids Volunteer Meal Program

Cooks for Kids (CFK) Meal Providers

A fun, flexible group volunteer opportunity for friends, families and co-workers  Cooks for Kids Calendars

Every day, Cooks for Kids (CFK) volunteer groups provide meals at the four Twin Cities Ronald McDonald House locations.

What a meaningful and rewarding way to support families facing a child’s serious medical situation!

“The meals prepared by volunteers nourished our souls in the way only food prepared with love can." – A parent who stayed at RMH inside Children's, Minneapolis

The Cooks for Kids program is an ideal team-building activity or just a nice way to volunteer with friends. CFK offers groups ranging in size from 3 – 15 people (depending on location) an enjoyable and satisfying way to support families dealing with a child’s serious illness, injury or disability.

By providing a meal, CFK groups allow families to spend precious time together as well as the opportunity to connect with other families in similar situations.

Contact

Marc Seymour

Director of Volunteers
612.767.2790
Email

Kate Baudler

Group Volunteer Coordinator
612.767.2795
Email

Our Four Locations


RMH-Oak Street kitchen

Ronald McDonald House – Oak Street

 612.238.8100
 near the U of M, Minneapolis campus
621 Oak St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Parking and arrival instructions

  • 10–15 volunteers
  • 80–100 served at dinner
  • 40–60 served on weekends
  • CFK During the Day available
  • Former family who had a patient in the hospital? Email Kate for more information.

HIH kitchen for CFK

Ronald McDonald House – Children's, Minneapolis

 612.874.4800
 inside Children's Hospitals & Clinics of MN, Minneapolis
2525 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Parking and arrival instructions

  • 8–10 volunteers
  • 125–150 served at dinner
  • 60–70 served on weekends
  • Former family who had a patient in the hospital? Email Sandy for more information

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CFK kitchen at Gillette

Ronald McDonald Family Room–Gillette, St. Paul

 651.726.2820
  inside Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
200 University Ave E
St. Paul, MN 55101
Parking and arrival instructions

  • 3–5 volunteers
  • 40–50 served at dinner
  • 35–40 served on weekends
  • CFK During the Day available
  • Former family who had a patient in the hospital? Email Sydney for more information

CFK kitchen at Childrens St Paul

Ronald McDonald

Family Room–Children's, St. Paul

 651.220.5160
 inside Children's Hospitals & Clinics of MN, St. Paul
345 North Smith Avenue
River Tower 3rd floor
St. Paul, MN 55101
Parking and arrival instructions

  • 3–5 volunteers
  • 50–60 served at dinner
  • 35–40 served on weekends
  • CFK During the Day available
  • Former family who had a patient in the hospital? Email Elizabeth for more information

Sign-up


  • Dinner is served 6 – 7:30 pm seven days a week. Groups can arrive at 3 pm or later to begin preparing their meal.
  • Weekend brunch is served at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday. Groups can arrive at 9am or later to begin preparing their meal.
  • CFK During the Day allows groups to prepare their meal during the business day, with staff and volunteers handling final prep and serving. It is available at the Ronald McDonald House-Oak Street, and the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms inside Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and Children’s Hospital, St. Paul.
  • Each RMH location has its own CFK Meal calendar; click on the link to view your chosen location’s calendar.
  • Dates with the text “Dinner” and/or Brunchare open and available.
  • Blank dates have already been reserved and are unavailable.
  • Important note: All CFK meals shifts are intended for groups, and “one slot available” = one slot for your group

Ronald McDonald House – Oak Street

near the U of M, Minneapolis campus

 Sign-up

 

 

Ronald McDonald House – Children's, Minneapolis

inside Children's Hospitals & Clinics of MN, Minneapolis

 Sign-up

 

 

Ronald McDonald Family Room–Gillette, St. Paul

inside Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

 Sign-up

 

 

Ronald McDonald Family Room–Children's, St. Paul

inside Children's Hospitals & Clinics of MN, St. Paul

 Sign-up

Our Kitchen Set-up


Our kitchens are fully-stocked with nearly everything you’ll need to prepare a meal, including:

  • Pots & pans
  • Crockpots
  • Griddles
  • Ovens & stoves*
  • Cutting boards
  • Cookie sheets
  • Cooking utensils
  • Mixing bowls
  • Many condiments & spices*
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Foil & wrap
  • Food storage containers
  • Plates and cups
  • Silverware
  • Serving platters
  • Cleaning supplies

*Contact your chosen location to inquire about the number of ovens and stoves as well as the supply of condiments and spices available at that location.

  • RMH-Oak Street: 612-331-5752
  • RMH, Children’s, Minneapolis:  612-874-4800
  • RMFR, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul:  651-726-2820
  • RMFR, Children’s, St. Paul:  651-220-5160

We are fortunate to receive regular donations of pantry items as well as occasional deliveries of ground beef, chicken and chicken nuggets. If you are interested in using any of those items, contact the Group Volunteer Coordinator at 612-767-2795. 

RMH-Oak Street has two gas grills; the three hospital sites are indoors and do not have grills.


CFK Volunteer Group Resource Center

Cooks for Kids Menu Submission

Please provide us with your planned menu below.

 

Thank you for submitting your CFK menu!

 

See what other groups are serving

Choose a location and click on a date

Ronald McDonald House–Oak Street


Ronald McDonald House inside Children's Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis


 

Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul


 

Ronald McDonald Family Room–Children's, St. Paul


 

Parking


Ronald McDonald House–Oak Street

  • Parking is available in our two on-site lots: the administrative lot off Fulton Street SE via Kelsey Lane (alley) and the back lot on Ontario Street SE, which is a one-way street accessible via the East River Parkway.
  • If both RMH parking lots are full, meter parking may be available on Fulton Street; in addition, one hour parking available may be available on Ontario Street. The administrative parking lot often has openings after 5pm, so volunteers may be able to move their cars at that time.
  • Note: RMH-Oak Street is located adjacent to the University of Minnesota’s busy east bank campus, where parking can be a challenge, so we strongly encourage carpooling.
  • Arrival instructions: All house doors are locked, so upon arrival use the call box to identify yourself/your group. RMH staff will unlock the door and direct you to the CFK kitchen.
  • If you are dropping off food: Pull into the semi-circle driveway at 621 Oak St SE, temporarily park your car, and use the call box to announce your arrival. A staff member will give you a cart to transport food to the CFK kitchen. After unloading your food, proceed to one of two RMH parking lots or street parking to park your car.
  • If you arrive after 5pm: The administrative office closes at 5pm so you will not be able to enter the building via that door. Please enter the building via the Ontario parking lot door or the main front door located at 621 Oak Street SE

Ronald McDonald House inside Children's Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis

  • If you are dropping off food: Pull into the front roundabout of Children’s Hospital (2525 Chicago Avenue South), temporarily park your vehicle, enter the hospital and stop at the Welcome Desk to get a Visitor’s badge (note: you will need a valid ID) and the RMH cart found adjacent to the Welcome Desk. Load your food on to the cart and have someone in your group bring it to RMH on the 3rd floor of the hospital while you park your car. After parking, proceed to RMH on 3rd floor. Parking is available in both ramps attached to the hospital (Blue/Green ramps).
  • If you are not dropping off food but are part of the meal group: Park your car and proceed to the 2nd floor Welcome Desk to get a Visitor’s badge (note: you will need a valid ID). Take the elevator to the 3rd floor where the Ronald McDonald House is located. If you have not pre-registered, you will be asked to register in our volunteer database system upon arrival at RMH. This process takes about five minutes.
  • Parking vouchers will be provided to all volunteers.

Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul

  • Drive to the Regions Hospital/Gillette West Parking Ramp on Jackson Street and 14th St. E.
  • Proceed to Level D (the Gillette Entrance) and temporarily park your car(s) in the Valet Parking area
  • Enter the hospital and proceed to the Ronald McDonald Family Room to retrieve a cart to transport your food
  • Park your car in a permanent space after delivering your food to our facility
  • Parking vouchers will be provided to all volunteers
 

Ronald McDonald Family Room–Children's, St. Paul

  • If you are dropping off food: Pull into the roundabout of Children’s Hospital (345 N. Smith Ave). You may leave your car there for 10-15 minutes.
    Check in at the Welcome Desk and pick up your Visitor’s badge (note: you will need a valid ID). Unload your food on the provided cart and proceed to the 3rd floor of the River Tower, where the Ronald McDonald Family Room is located.
    Return to your car and park in the Red ramp.
  • If you are not dropping off food but are part of the meal group: Park your car in the Red ramp.
  • Parking vouchers will be provided to all volunteers.