JoyFULL Eats


Feeding our Families

At Ronald McDonald House Houston, we understand that caring for a seriously ill child can be an emotional and financial burden for families. In addition to caring for their seriously ill child, families are often confronted with peripheral, unexpected costs, including the difficulty of accessing and purchasing food. That’s why it is our mission to provide a home away from home and offer reliable food distribution support through our JoyFULL Eats program. 


When families are staying with us, finding consistent and nutritious meals can seem daunting as another task to accomplish. The cost of eating out can quickly add up, and the limited access to grocery stores in the Texas Medical Center area only adds to the challenge. It’s not just about the cost, either – the thought of leaving their child’s bedside to grab a meal can be terrifying for caregivers. 


That’s where our JoyFULL Eats program comes in. We aim to provide healthy and convenient food options for our families, so they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Our volunteers can sponsor or cook a meal for our families, host a food drive to stock our pantry, or purchase H-E-B gift cards to provide quick and easy Meal Simple meals. 


By supporting JoyFULL Eats, you can help provide hot, nutritious meals for families at any of our four RMHH locations. Imagine how much it would mean to these families to come back from a long day of appointments and procedures and enjoy a delicious, complimentary meal. Your donation could feed as many as 165 individuals at one time, making a huge difference in their lives. 


If cooking isn’t your thing, you can still help by sending an H-E-B gift card to purchase Meal Simple meals. These single-serve meals are healthy, fresh, and easy to heat up in the hospital’s Family Room or Holcombe House microwave. They are a great option for families who need something quick and filling, but don’t want to sacrifice nutrition. 


At Ronald McDonald House Houston, we believe that no family should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from when they’re already dealing with the stress of a seriously ill child. Your support of our JoyFULL Eats program helps alleviate that burden and provides families with the nourishment they need to keep going.  


We are constantly amazed by the generosity of our community, and we are so grateful for your support. If you want to learn more about the JoyFULL Eats program or get involved, please contact us at Together, we can make a difference in the lives of families who are facing medical challenges.