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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

Cooks for Kids volunteer groups make an enormous difference in the lives of families with seriously-ill children

Cooks for Kids volunteer groups plan, prepare and serve buffet style meals to Ronald McDonald House families at all four of our Minneapolis/St. Paul locations. After a long day at their child’s bedside, families tell us that a hot meal served by friendly volunteers is a highlight of their day.

Great for team building or just a nice way to volunteer with friends, the Cooks for Kids program offers groups ranging in size from three to 15 people, depending on location, a fun and meaningful way to support families facing a child’s serious medical situation.

Book clubs, faith groups, corporate teams, neighbors, families, and student organizations are just a few of the groups we see at the House.

See the sidebox for meal prep and serving times. Note that groups serving at RMH-Oak Street and our two St. Paul sites may choose the “CFK During the Day” program and prepare their meal between 9am and 5pm.

Email the Volunteer Department or call 612.767.2794 to learn more.

Please note...

All food served to families must be prepared in our on-site kitchens or purchased from a restaurant, grocery store or licensed commercial kitchen. Food purchased off-site must be delivered directly to the Ronald McDonald House location. Only packaged food in unopened containers is allowed.

Serving times

  • Dinner groups are welcome to arrive any time after 3 pm. Dinner is served at 6 pm.
  • Three of our four sites offer CFK During the Day, with groups preparing their meal between 9am and 5pm.
  • Brunch groups are welcome to arrive any time after 9 am. Brunch is served at 11 am.

Cooks for Kids Meal Calendars

Select a location and reserve a date online for your group to volunteer


  • Dates with “dinner” or “brunch” are 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” means one slot for your group

RMH-Oak Street kitchen

Ronald McDonald House – Oak Street

 near the U of M, Minneapolis campus
621 Oak St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

 Sign-up

  • 6–15 volunteers
  • Weekday dinner: 90–100 people served
  • CFK During the Day available
  • Weekend brunch: 40–60 served
  • Weekend dinner: 40–60 served

Parking
  • Parking is free in our 2 on-site parking lots: Fulton Street SE (Kelsely Lane alley) and midblock on Ontario Avenue. Both lots feature Ronald McDonald house signs.
  • If both parking lots are full, meter parking is available on Fulton Street, and 1 hour parking is available on most side streets
  • Our parking lots tend to open up after 5 pm, so volunteers can move their cars if necessary

 

 

HIH kitchen for CFK

Ronald McDonald House – Children's, Minneapolis

 inside Children's Hospitals & Clinics of MN, Minneapolis
2525 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

 Sign-up

  • 8–10 volunteers
  • Dinners: 125–150 people served
  • Weekend brunch: 60-70 people served

Parking
  • If you are dropping off food, pull into the front driveway of the hospital (2525 Chicago Avenue South), park and call 612.874.4800 to alert our House Manager that you’ve arrived; the House Manager will provide you a cart to transport your food to our facility
  • Parking is available in both ramps attached to the hospital (Blue/Green ramps)
  • After parking your car, proceed to the 2nd floor, check in at the Welcome Center and pick up your Visitor’s badge. Note: You must have a valid ID to get a Visitor’s badge
  • Take the elevator to the 3rd floor where the Ronald McDonald House is located
  • Parking vouchers will be provided to all volunteers

 

 

CFK kitchen at Gillette

Ronald McDonald Family Room–Gillette, St. Paul

  inside Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
200 University Ave E
St. Paul, MN 55101

 Sign-up

  • 3–6 volunteers
  • Dinner: 40–50 people served
  • CFK During the Day available
  • Weekend brunch: 35 people served

Parking
  • 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

 

 

CFK kitchen at Childrens St Paul

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

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

 Sign-up

  • 3–6 volunteers
  • Dinner: 30–40 people served
  • CFK During the Day available
  • Weekend brunch: 35

Parking
  • 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 reception desk and pick up your Visitor’s badge. Note: You must have a valid ID to get a Visitor’s badge
  • 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
  • Park your car in the Red ramp
  • Parking vouchers will be provided to all volunteers

 

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