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:

  • All food must be prepared in the RMH kitchen or in a commercial kitchen
  • Due to space, groups should be no larger than eight people (ages 8 and up)
  • Youth volunteers (younger than 18) must be supervised by an adult
  • We ask that you steer clear of spicy foods as many of our moms are breastfeeding
  • Meals need to be ready to be served by 6 pm

 Volunteers provide the following:

  • Cook for twelve to fifteen people. You’ll be emailed an updated headcount a few days before your volunteer date
  • You’ll need to purchase all the ingredients for the meal beforehand

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado provides the following:

  • Basic items that you’ll need to cook and serve the meal, but feel free to bring any extra cookware
  • Basic ingredients, like milk, butter, eggs, flour, and spices

Things you should know: 

  • You can stay to serve the meal at 6 pm if you want, but it’s not required. If you’re making a meal in a slow cooker, or if you’re making a casserole, you can come in as early as 9:15 am for preparation and leave the cooking instructions.
  • Our families’ priority is to spend the majority of their time at the hospital with their children, so they may not be at the House when dinner is served. Families may eat your meal as leftovers or as a to-go meal on the way to the hospital.

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