Meals that Mend

“The provided meals were wonderful and really helped take some of the stress off of us while our son was in the hospital.” – Catherine

Meals that mend logo, a heart in a spoon

Do you want to be a part of a program that provides dinners to families with critically ill children seven nights a week, 365 days a year? Meals that Mend could use your help! Together, families, co-workers, and friends provide comforting, home-cooked meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House®.

You can sign up to volunteer for a meal by calling Laura at 719-471-1814 or emailing her at

Five ways you can help

  • Provide a meal on a one-time or recurring basis
  • “Freezer Edition”: Cook a freezer meal that we can use later
  • “Adopt a Meal”: Make a donation and the we will plan the meal, shop for the ingredients, and make the meal
  • Donate gift cards from local grocery stores
  • Pick up a pre-made meal from a grocery store or order a meal from a local restaurant

How Meals that Mend works

  • You will need to purchase all of the ingredients for the meal
  • All food must be prepared onsite or in a commercial kitchen
  • Groups should be no larger than 8 people, ages 10 and up
  • Volunteers under 18 must be supervised by an adult
  • Please avoid spicy dishes for our breastfeeding mothers
  • You will be given an updated headcount 3 days in advance
  • We require a menu 24 hours prior to your scheduled date

Things you should know

  • We provide dishes, cookware, and serving utensils
  • We provide basic ingredients like milk, flour, spices, etc.; please ask in advance if you are looking for something specific
  • Meals need to be ready to be served by 6pm, but you can come as early as 9:15am to prepare your meal
  • You may stay to serve the meal at 6pm, if you choose
  • Our families’ priority is to spend the majority of time at the hospital with their children, so they may not be at the House when dinner is served – families may eat your meals as leftovers or as a to=go meal on their way to the hospital
  • For food safety you are required to wear gloves which we will provide, but glove donations are always welcomed
  • To cook at the House, you must be completely free of any illnesses

note from volunteer: enjoy your dinner made with love

Looking for more volunteer opportunities?

three volunteer meals that mend cooks