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Volunteer Guest Chefs from Berkshire-Hathaway with food they cooked

***The global pandemic of COVID-19 has necessitated a temporary suspension in Guest Chef and Meals to Go groups at Ronald McDonald Houses in Philadelphia. Limiting visitors is a precaution we are taking to keep our entire community safe during these times, but we miss seeing our volunteers in the kitchen every day.***

Your support is still needed so that we can continue to feed our guest families during this difficult time. We hope that you will consider donating towards our meals program or helping in another way. Click on the buttons below to learn about all the ways you can help us this season.


To sponsor a meal

Thank you for your interest in providing a meal for our families. Our Guest Chef Program is a volunteer opportunity that enriches the daily lives of all who stay at our two Ronald McDonald Houses. Your group will help relieve one worry for our families by providing a hearty, nutritious meal.  Read below for more details.


15 volunteers maximum, including adults and youth age 16 years and older

Serve 150 people at 6:00 pm
7 days/week
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm shift

Weekend Breakfasts
Serve 65 people at 9:00 am
Saturdays or Sundays
7:30 am to 11:00 am shift

We’ve taken the guesswork out of feeding the growing number of families at the Chestnut Street House. Our Food Services Manager purchases ingredients for all meals so groups do not have to worry about shopping for and storing bulk food to feed 150+ people. Everything is onsite when Guest Chefs and Meals-To-Go groups arrive to cook seasonal, made-from-scratch meals for the families. Teams contribute  $200 to $500 for the cost of ingredients.


10 volunteers maximum, including adults and youth age 12 years and older

Serve 40 people at 6:00 pm
7 days/week
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm shift

Weekend Breakfasts
Serve 25 people at 9:00 am
Saturdays or Sundays
8:15 am to 11:00 am shift

The Guest Chef program at the Front & Erie House has not changed. Groups continue to purchase ingredients independently to prepare meals in our kitchen for the families.

Our kitchen is fully equipped with stoves, pots, pans, serving dishes, utensils, dinner ware and beverages.

We ask that you provide the ingredients, and we will provide the rest.

Prepare whatever you wish, just be sure to include:

  • Salad
  • At least 1 meat entrée
  • A vegetarian entrée
  • 2 to 3 side dishes
  • Dessert

You can be creative or keep it simple. It is up to you!

Whichever way you choose to participate in this program, please know that you are providing a valuable service for the families staying at RMHC Philly each day. Families often don’t have the extra time, resources, or energy to prepare or purchase a meal. Coming home after an exhausting day at the hospital to a fully prepared meal can make a huge difference in a family’s day.

We look forward to having you join us in our kitchen. To sign up or for more information, contact Lori-Anne Miller.