Menu Ideas

At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, we keep families with sick children close to each other and the care and resources they need. Families spend long days coming and going from hospital and often have little time or energy to prepare a meal. Your gift of a warm plate of food or an individually packaged meal allows the families staying at RMHC-KC to enjoy freshly prepared food while they are away from home.

We suggest menu items that are easy to prepare in bulk, can be tailored to include dietary restriction options (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc.), and will reheat well.

We are beyond grateful for any and all meals volunteer meal groups can provide! We do get a lot of pasta with red sauce and tacos, so any variation away from that is much appreciated! (For the families who have been here for weeks or months, eating spaghetti once or twice a week can be a lot.) Preparing your favorite food, favorite family recipes, opposite season food, and putting a slight twist on classics (Use a non red sauce with pasta, make quesadillas or enchiladas instead of tacos) can be a great way to help provide some variation for families!

Entrees and Sides

  • Chicken tenders/nuggets or meatloaf with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, veggie and a roll
  • Waffles/pancakes, sausage, fruit cup
  • Hot dogs or hamburgers with a side of chips, potato salad, baked beans, or veggie
  • Baked potato with a side of soup, chili, fixings, or corn bread
  • Mini pizzas, side salad, and cookie/baked good
  • Chicken alfredo, homemade lasagna, homemade macaroni & cheese, or variety of casseroles with a side of garlic bread, broccoli, and a roll
  • Chicken or veggie fried rice or stir fry with a side eggroll, fruit, or veggie
  • Breakfast bowls (scrambled eggs, cheese, potatoes & protein/no protein)

Sandwiches and Wraps

With a side of a fruit cup, bag of chips, veggies and ranch, cookie/baked good)

  • Any variety of cold wraps
  • Any variety of cold deli sandwiches Hawaiian roll sliders
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Quesadillas with salsa and sour cream

Soup and or Salad Bowls

(With side veggie, bread, fruit cups, crackers, cheese, cookie/baked good)

  • Any variety of soups
  • Any variety of chilis
  • Any variety of greens based salad
  • Any variety of pasta salad
  • Any variety of rice bowl

Breakfast Anytime

(With a fresh fruit cup, muffin/scones, muffin-pan frittatas, etc.)

  • Breakfast sandwiches, wraps, burritos, or pockets (including vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options)
  • Mini Quiches
  • Overnight oats cup
  • Yogurt parfaits
  • Bagels (w/ different spread options such as various cream cheeses, honey, or avocado)

Homemade Lunchables

Create a homemade lunchable/bistro box for adults and kids to enjoy by combining 3-4 simple and fresh snacks for a quick balanced meal!

  • Sliced grill chicken
  • Cheese stick
  • Boiled eggs
  • Turkey and cheese Pinwheels
  • Grapes
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts
  • Hummus
  • Pita bread slices
  • Sliced peppers
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced carrots
  • Sliced celery
  • Muffin-Pan Frittatas
  • Protein balls