Meals That Heal

The kitchen is the heart and soul of any home; a place where families congregate at the end of the day to share laughs, tears, and love over a meal. A place that inspires healing. That is absolutely no exception at RMHC in Omaha.

Families count on our community to provide them with much-needed meals after long days spent at area hospitals. That need has not diminished during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, to lessen the risk of potential infection for our families, we only accept “curbside delivery” meal donations at this time.

With our new Meals That Heal Curbside program, you can provide a warm evening meal for all the families at our House without ever leaving your own, all while supporting local businesses during this challenging time. You may contact any of the establishments below or the restaurant/catering service of your choice, place an order, and have it delivered to the House on the date you have coordinated with Laurie Cope (lcope@rmhcomaha.org).

Another option would be to plan a menu, shop for the groceries, and deliver them to the House for a staff member to prepare. However you choose to participate in the Meals That Heals Curbside program, please know that we are thoroughly grateful for your support. Your kindness and generosity in providing the evening meal make you a contributor in what is often the best part of our families’ day.

Restaurant Partners

To account for the days when a meal is not prepared, we are looking for donations to fill those gaps.

Food items such as frozen casseroles, boxed meals, and the like, would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Laurie Cope at lcope@rmhcomaha.org if you are willing to support our families in this way.

More About Meals That Heal

What is it?

At RMHC, Meals That Heal is the cornerstone of our House program, relying completely on people within the community to keep it up and running. As a Meals That Heal volunteer, you provide so much more than just food: you provide families with time to decompress with others after a tough day at the hospital, with the comfort and warmth of a home-cooked meal and conversation shared with families and members of the Omaha community. You provide them with extra support during some of their most challenging times.

Who volunteers?

Everyone can volunteer! Families, groups of friends, university and high school student groups, businesses, churches, and civic organizations alike volunteer to cook for our families. We only ask that during flu season (November 1 – April 1) all volunteers be over the age of 18.

How does it work? What do we cook?

Meals That Heal volunteers work as a group (up to 10 people) to plan menus, purchase ingredients and prepare meals in our House’s fully-equipped kitchen. ALL food must be prepared in our kitchen or brought directly from a commercial kitchen, with the exception of prepared food from a grocery store. We are not able to serve par-baked or pre-prepared food. For other FAQs please read through our Meals That Heal Information Sheet, where you’ll find all other guidelines.

Creativity is welcome when planning your menu! If you’re unsure of what to cook, you can always check to see if your date is a National Food Holiday and plan around that! Looking for meal ideas? Check out this awesome Pinterest board created by RMHC Mid-Missouri.

Sign me up!

Our goal is to have 365 meals provided to the families that call RMHC in Omaha a home away from home, with options to provide dinner or weekend brunch. If you would like to sign up, simply pick an open date (or multiple) on the calendar below and contact Laurie Cope to secure your date.

If you have further questions or would like to sign up, please contact Laurie Cope at lcope@rmhcomaha.org at 402-346-9377 ext 122.

Freezer Meals Program

Not available to prepare dinner? No worries! We now have the Freezer Meals Program. To learn more, please click here or contact Laurie at lcope@rmhcomaha.org at 402-346-9377 ext 122.

Meal Calendar

OSI is a global meat processing company that provides products to McDonald’s around the world. Supporting the RMHC is a natural extension of our partnership with McDonald’s. Our local OSI team enjoys the fellowship with the families, and with each other. I am always inspired by the families and how they stay strong with everything they are going through. If we can provide a little bit of normalcy, then our time was well spent!

- Cheryl Goff, OSI

We do what we do for the House because we can, we care, we are in hospitality and we stand behind “Pure Hospitality”! What is “Pure Hospitality”? It’s family, community, genuine, unscripted, honesty. Along with our staff, we believe RMHC fits into all of
these categories.

- Tim Darby, Magnolia Hotel

© McDonald’s Corporation The following trademarks used herein are owned by McDonald’s Corporation and its affiliates; McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities Logo, RMHC, Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. RMHC is recognized as a public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 509(a) and has 501(c)(3) status. Donations to RMHC are deductible. Donors should consult their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility. The RMHC in Omaha EIN is 47-0755104. A copy of the RMHC determination letter is available upon request. To request accessible versions of RMHC in Omaha financial documents, please email hsamuels@rmhcomaha.org.