More Than a Meal is campaign to renovate the much-used kitchens and dining room at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House, and to fund meals that keep families going in their time of crisis.
Nourishing Families and Lifting Spirits at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House
Doctor’s appointments, family needs, and financial worries make it difficult for parents with hospitalized children to rest or even find their next meal. To address this challenge, in 2009 we began offering meals, free of charge, to any family with a child in a local hospital – even those not staying overnight. Parents simply show their hospital identification for access to three meals, hot beverages, and snacks throughout the day.
Yet families get more than a plate of food when they come to the Ronald McDonald House. Our “home-away-from-home” environment gives them a place to rest and renew themselves with families facing similar challenges. Read a message from the Raymundo family
The Need to Grow
We’ve served more than a million meals since 2009. No one envisioned such demand; indeed, our commercial kitchen was not designed for its current heavy use and extensive recycling.
To expand meal service from our commercial kitchen, we’ve had to restrict access to residential cooking areas during mealtimes. Retrofitted dishwashing and recycling stations currently take up space in the residential kitchen, leaving little space for families who wish to cook their own meals.
We’ve built many fond memories in the red and taupe dining room of the Joseph Clayes III Great Room, which for the past nine years has served as the hub of meal service and volunteer-led activities, music, and entertainment. Renovations are needed to brighten this valuable space and create the best environment for families to gather and enjoy the next million meals.
Making Room for the Next Million Meals
We are now in the final planning stages of a major reconfiguration and renovation of our kitchens and dining room. The new layout will establish improved family cooking stations and new access to a large, well-stocked family refrigerator and pantry. A code-required wall will increase separation between our commercial and family kitchens.
Additional improvements include ventilation, lighting, counters, and flooring. The commercial kitchen will get a new floor plan with several new pieces of equipment, including walk-in refrigeration and a much-needed commercial-grade dishwasher and washing station. The more effective layout will also facilitate receiving and using available foods most efficiently, as we pursue increased food donations and further growth.
Construction begins in mid- 2019. We’re seeking $2 million for renovations, operations, and meals program endowment, with nearly one million raised as of November 2018. To learn more or find out about naming an important space at our House, please contact Beth van Eetveldt at 858.598.2435.