There are two Ronald McDonald Houses in Northwest Arkansas, each provide a place of rest and relaxation to families of children age 21 and under who are receiving medical treatment.
The Ronald McDonald House at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mercy Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, provide a place for families to relax, regroup and regain the strength they need to support their child. For RMHC Arkhoma, part of regaining that strength means ensuring that the over 1,800 children and families who pass through their doors every year have the opportunity to eat a family-style meal each night. Yes, that means providing dinners every single night at 6pm, 365 days a year. So, how can you help?
Through the Share-a-Meal program, you (or your club, team, class, church, etc) can sign up to prepare or deliver a family-style meal on the day of your choice. Once you register for a night, you will receive a call, text or email reminder the day before your Share-A-Meal date. Once your date arrive, you’ll simply drop off the meal at the program at the location you selected by 5pm.
How many people should you expect to feed?
- The Ronald McDonald Family Room in Rogers Feeds 10-15 Adults
- The Ronald McDonald House in Fayetteville Feeds 25-30 Adults
What should you bring?
- Taco Night
- Baked Potato Bar
- Chicken Alfredo
- Cookout Classics (Burgers, Hotdogs, etc)
- Southern Comfort Food (Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, etc)
- Casseroles (Chicken Noodle, Cheesy Broccoli Rice, Chicken Cordon Bleu, etc)
Don’t cook? Cater in!
Families also enjoy special drink options like teas or juices, and they are always in need of disposable, microwavable (no styrofoam) dinnerware for enjoying those late-night leftovers!
Since opening their doors, these programs have served nearly 6,000 children and families from the community.
Mojitos Mexican Grill in Rogers saved RMHC of Arkoma nearly $75,000 in food expenses in 2018. Mojitos has provided dinner once a month since the NWA Family Room opened in 2013, offering a sense of comfort and convenience to hundreds of families!
To learn more about the program and other ways to get involved visit HERE.