On Friday, we volunteered to cook lunch for the families at the Ronald McDonal House. Families at the Ronald McDonald House are there because they cannot afford a hotel room because their child’s medical bills are too high. The House relies on volunteers because even though the families are asked to pay 15 dollars a night to stay there, the average amount a family pays per night is only $4 because again, medical bills are often through the roof. Families are never turned away even if they can’t pay to stay at the House. Since medical bills are very high for these families, the House invites volunteers to come and cook meals so that on top of their children being very sick, families do not have to worry about paying for food. This is why we went to cook, because we understand how these families feel and know that we should give as much as we can.
A week before we cooked, we came up with a meal plan. We had to make sure that food allergies and habits would be met, so we put a lot of effort into making sure there would be something for everyone to eat. Finally, we came up with our “menu”: Mac and cheese, Caesar Salad, and Vegetable Soup. We thought this meal was a good idea because if there was a vegetarian, the could eat the soup and salad. If there was someone who was gluten free, they could have the soup. Also, our meal was kid-friendly with mac and cheese, so everyone could eat.
We bought all our ingredients and arrived at the House on Friday at about 10:00. We had about two hours to cook up and clean up. We washed hands and got right to work. We split up into two groups: four people went to start cutting vegetables for the soup and the two others made the mac and cheese. I made the mac and cheese with a friend. First, we started to boil water to cook the pasta. Next, while we were waiting, we started shredding the cheese for the cheesy rue that would go over the pasta. There was a LOT of cheese!
After our meal was cooked, we went on a tour of the House. There was a movie theater for the kids to use, a sun room, and a play room. The House has a rule called Within Eyesight. This means that a parent has to be able to see their kids at all times. Neighboring the playroom, there was a room for the parents. There was nice furniture and even a TV so that their child/children could be playing in the other room and parents could watch TV and still be able to see their kid.
I had a great time cooking at the House, and I know that what we did was very nice for the families that are suffering.