This Year's Project: RMHC Family Lunch Program
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland works to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, with a goal to provide a place where families can be together. We also provide families with the food they need to support their well-being while they are staying at the hospital with their child. RMHC of Siouxland provides all of this through our 3 programs: The Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Kitchens at UnityPoint-St. Lukes & Mercy Medical Center, and the Ronald McDonald Lunch Program.
Current Project: RMHC Family Lunch Program
The RMHC Family Lunch Program began in March of 2018. We deliver sack lunches to every member of the family staying with a child in Sioux City's hospitals. The brown bags are decorated by local children, and are packed with a variety of lunch selections by volunteers. The majority of the food for the program is purchased. The menu the families can enjoy rotates between sandwiches, wraps, salads, and hot selections. The lunches also include fruit, vegetables, chips and a treat in the bags. For many of the families who receive the sacks, it may be their only food for the day. Often times, parents don't feel comfortable leaving the hospital floor and, therefore, are left scrounging snacks to get them through the day. Other times, children are admitted late at night, when mom or dad may not have had a chance to eat supper. The extra lunches kept in the RMHC Family Kitchens provide sustenance at those odd hours when food is not available. One other benefit, it's a no cost lunch for the families. They are already facing mounting medical bills, and the free lunches takes one more burden off their shoulders and their wallet. Funding support for this program would help ensure we can continue to provide quality, healthy and no cost lunches to hundreds of families who find themselves in the hospital with a child in 2019.