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Meals That Heal

Families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario (RMHC®SCO) need more than a place to lay their heads while supporting their sick children. Our families need the nourishment of a nutritiously prepared meal to give them the strength and energy they need to be strong for their children.

About Our Meals That Heal Program

With the financial support of our community, our Meals That Heal program offers families a home-cooked meal seven nights a week. Our in-House culinary team will prepare these dishes with the help of our very special Meals That Heal volunteers. Those interested in participating in the program will experience the tangible impact of helping our families directly.

You can get involved by gathering a group of friends, co-workers, or family. For those who prefer not to cook, or can’t participate, our Adopt-a-Meal program is the perfect option for you.

Please note that 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to offsetting the cost of food. All financial donations to this program may be eligible for a tax receipt.

Program Benefits

  • Provide a delicious meal for our families (60-100 people)
  • Save time - we do the grocery shopping and meal planning for you
  • Receive a tour of the House
  • Enjoy a delicious meal
  • May be eligible to receive a tax receipt

What You Need to Know

  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older (no exceptions)
  • Program timing from 1:20 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Dinner included for all participants
  • Anyone who is suffering from a communicable illness cannot participate in this program

Meals That Heal - Program Options

Adopt A Meal - BREAKFAST OR DINNER ($350 Sponsorship)

For those who may not live locally or do not have time to cook a meal, you can still be a part of our Meals That Heal program by adopting a meal. The cost to feed all of our families is estimated at $350 per meal. Our in-house culinary team will prepare the meal that you have sponsored and our families will enjoy a home-cooked meal courtesy of your generosity.

Buffet Night ($400 Sponsorship)

With guidance from our Culinary Team, groups will bring together the freshest ingredients and prepare a delicious meal for our families. While our in-House volunteers serve the dinner buffet-style, groups are welcome to enjoy the meal together in our dining room. 

Bistro Night ($500 Sponsorship)

Treat our families to a premium culinary experience with a Bistro Night sponsorship. Join our culinary team in creating enticing dishes and join our families in the dining room by serving their tables ‘restaurant style.’ Families are provided with a small menu (choice of appetizer and choice of main course) making this an unforgettable night for all involved.
(Please note: Bistro Night availability is limited)

How to Get Involved

Please refer to the calendar below for available program options, find an available date, then choose the ‘sponsor’ button to secure your date. Once you book, someone from our team will be in touch with you to confirm adoption or participant information. Bookings can also be made by contacting our Meals That Heal team directly.

Have a group larger than 6 people? Send us an e-mail for alternate participation options. 

After all Meals That Heal adoptions or engagements, you will receive a follow-up message with photos and we encourage you to share them on your social media channels!

If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to and someone from our team will get back to you shortly!


  • Calendar Legend (Available Dates)
    • Breakfast Adoption
    • Bistro Night
    • Buffet Night
    • Dinner Adoption

    How To Get Involved
    1. Click on a program in the calendar for the date of your interest.
    2. Fill in the Meals That Heal Form with your Group/Company Information
    3. Once the form is filled in, click on Submit. An email will be sent to RMHCSCO and a representative will contact you directly.
Meals That Heal

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to stay at the House?

    While it costs about $159 to care for a family for a night, our House provides families with an emotionally supportive home away from home for only $12 per night. However, no family is ever turned away due to their inability to pay.

  • Why are the Houses Needed?

    McMaster Children’s Hospital is one of the top paediatric academic health science centers in Canada. It serves a community of over 2.3 million people from South Central Ontario and beyond. This large geographic region results in many children under their care from cities and towns many kilometres away. These children need the support of their parents and siblings while undergoing treatment, and parents and siblings need a safe and supportive environment to stay strong. Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario attempts to help families feel closer to home when life is far from ordinary.

  • How is the House funded?

    Approximately 30 per cent of the House’s annual operating budget comes from Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, donations from McDonald’s Happy Meal Program, coin boxes, the RMHC Cookie program, McDonald's kiosk donations and the nominal fee for families to stay at the House. No funding is received from any agency or government, so the remaining 70 per cent is raised through fundraising activities and through the contribution of our generous donors.

  • How can I get involved?

    Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario offers countless ways for you to make a difference and help provide families with a home to everyday moments. You can host a fundraiser, volunteer at the House, the Family Rooms or at an event, make a donation, or purchase a gift from our online wish list. Visit the volunteer or donate section to learn more.

  • What is your complaint policy?

    Complaints Policy

    Kids Care Oncology Central West Ontario (“KCOCWO”) operating as Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario (“RMHC South Central Ontario”) is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) as a registered charity bearing # 13277 9836 RR0001.

    As a charity providing services to the community, KCOCWO holds all donors, partners, volunteers and community members in high esteem. While seeking donations in support of the organization’s mission, employees, volunteers and members of the Board of Directors, have an ethical responsibility to uphold the interest and well-being of KCOCWO’s benefactors and comply with all established policies.

    KCOCWO responds promptly to a complaint by a donor, prospective donor, or any member of the public.  The staff member receiving the complaint will attempt to satisfy the complainant’s concerns in the first instance. A complainant who remains dissatisfied will be informed that he/she may communicate directly with KCOCWO’s Chief Executive Officer (re: donor complaints) and/or the President of the Board of Directors or Director of Development & Donor Relations.

    The KCOCWO Board of Directors will be informed at least annually of the number, type, and disposition of complaints received from donors or prospective donors about matters that are addressed in Imagine Canada’s Ethical Code.  In addition, they will be informed at least annually of the number, type and disposition of complaints received from members of the public regarding policy matters.

    Catherine Bridgman, CEO P: 905-521-9983 ext. 2100 E:

    David Shea, Director of Development & Donor Relations P: 905-521-9983 ext. 2113 E:

  • What is your privacy policy?

    Privacy Policy

    At Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario, we respect your right to privacy.

    All employees and volunteers of Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario are required to comply with privacy policies designed to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. Our staff and volunteers are authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it was obtained. We protect your personal information with safeguards appropriate to its sensitivity and ensure that the information is not disclosed or shared more widely than is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered.

    We only collect and use your personal information with your knowledge and consent and limit the purposes to the following:

    Families and visitors:

    The purpose of collecting personal information about family members and their visitors is to:

    • Determine a family members needs and eligibility to stay at Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario;
    • Consult with health care professionals as necessary to provide services;
    • Arrange for and receive any payments; Provide follow-up support as required;
    • Keep them informed about programs, services, special events and opportunities to volunteer or to give;
    • Allow effective administration of Ronald McDonald House Charities South Central Ontario and its policies.

    Financial donors, event participants and sponsors:

    The purpose for collecting personal information about financial donors, event participants and sponsors is to:

    • Thank them for their financial support;
    • Maintain tax records as required by law;
    • Send out charitable donation receipts;
    • Establish and maintain harmonious donor relationships;
    • Keep them informed about programs, services, special events and opportunities to volunteer or to give;
    • Respond to a request made by a lawful authority or for other purposes required by law.

    We do not rent, sell or trade our mailing lists.

    We never disclose your personal information, unless required by law, without your knowledge and consent.

    Unless you advise us otherwise, by receiving or reading this Privacy Policy, you are deemed to have given us your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy.

    If you do not wish us to collect, use or disclose your personal information in the manner set out in this Policy, or for further information, please contact:

    Catherine Bridgman
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario
    P: 905.521.9983 ext. 2100

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