Families staying at the Valley’s three Ronald McDonald Houses will continue having evening meals prepared for them through a new relationship with NutritionOne supported by donations to the Dinnertime Heroes Fund.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central and Northern Arizona (RMHC-CNAZ) suspended the volunteer dinner program to limit the number of people allowed on the campus, requesting donations to the fund.
Starting this week, NutritionOne (www.nutritiononeslp.com), which had been providing 20,000 meals a day to schools in several Arizona communities, is delivering 300 individually packaged and sanitary meals seven days a week at a cost of $3 a meal to the Valley’s three Ronald McDonald Houses.
“To be able to bridge this gap to feed these families and be in the unique position to be able to do that by having the facilities and manpower is phenomenal,” said chef and owner Julia Schroyer-Sims. “Our mission is to fight food insecurity one meal at a time. This is why we get up in the morning.”
Each meal includes individually wrapped fruits, vegetables, grains and meats or meat alternatives. Meals are handed off to RMHC-CNAZ house staff in insulated bags either with warming blankets or ice blankets between 4 and 5 p.m.
“The health, safety and well being of our families is our primary focus,” said RMHC-CNAZ CEO Kerry Schulman. “Being able to continue providing dinners is so important because it allows families to rest after a long day at the hospital and take care of themselves so they can continue to focus on and care for their children.”
House staff has already put in place strict cleaning and sanitizing-based policies and procedures and continues monitoring announcements and direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Health and our partners at Eco Lab.
Schulman said that community support remains critical “at a very difficult time as we navigate this unchartered territory,” adding that there are three primary ways the public can help.
- Make a cash gift
- Direct donors to make a gift at www.rmhccnaz.org/meals
- We estimate the cost to serve families dinner at our Roanoke House to be $350 per night and the cost to serve families at our Cambridge and Dobson Houses to be $250 per night.
- Donate a critically needed item
- Diapers- Newborn and Preemie
- Baby Wipes
- Cereal Bars
- Granola Bars
- Cliff Bars – adult bars and kid bars
- Fruit – Bananas, Apples, Cuties
- Individually packaged snacks – Goldfish, Peanut Butter Crackers, Animal Crackers, Fruit Snacks, Pretzels, Raisins
- SMALL water bottles
- Apple Juice Boxes
- Apple Sauce
- Paper towels
- Laundry Detergent
- Fabric Softener Sheets
- body soap and body wash
- Individual toothbrushes and small
- Individual tooth paste
- White hand towels
- White wash clothes
- Send our families notes of encouragement to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will share your love with the families who currently consider our three Valley houses “home”.
For more information, visit www.rmhccnaz.org.