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 RMH. As a Meals that Mend volunteer, you’ll help our families during a difficult time.

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 RMH 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: 

  • RMH provides: dishes, cookware, and serving utensils.
  • RMH provides: 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. Gloves are provided, but glove donations are always welcomed!
  • To cook at RMH, you must be completely free of any illnesses.

note from volunteer: enjoy your dinner made with love

For other volunteer opportunities at the RMHCSC, click the volunteer page link, upper right.

three volunteer meals that mend cooks