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Guest Chef Program

Our amazing volunteers and friends provide a meal each day for the families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House. It takes away the worry and hassle of food preparation so that the families can give all of their energy and attention to their child.

For families experiencing the serious illness of a child, finding the time to prepare food can be a serious challenge. Our Guest Chefs truly enjoy serving others in need.

We invite you and your friends or group to help our families by preparing a delicious meal for our Ronald McDonald House guests!

Please contact Erica Cerda, House Operations Assistant at 806-744-8877 to schedule available dates and provide our families with a heartfelt meal.



Please read these guidelines carefully and share them with your group before your scheduled meal.

To schedule a date on our meal calendar, please contact Anna Bocanegra, Volunteer Manager at or 806-744-8877.

  • Volunteers with communicable diseases (common cold, recent exposure to chicken pox, symptoms of the flu or COVID-19, or a fever) may NOT enter the House due to the compromised immune systems of our children.
  • All food must be prepared on-site at the Ronald McDonald House. The only exception is food prepared by a licensed retail food establishment.
  • Packaged foods purchased from retail grocery stores must be in unopened containers, whole fruits, and vegetables can also be accepted.
  • Please be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and wear disposable food safety gloves when handling food.
  • Guest Chefs plan their menus with no restrictions and are required to provide ingredients, i.e. gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, etc. However, please have a list of ingredients available to help families with any food allergies or dietary restrictions. We try not to duplicate meals throughout any given week so be sure to talk to the staff for suggestions. If possible, please provide an entrée and at least one side item as well.
  • NO ALCOHOL is allowed in the House at any time.
  • Typically, we ask that you prepare enough food for approximately 30 guests. This number will fluctuate as families check in and out. We will let you know how many to plan for in advance of your scheduled date.
  • You are welcome to use anything we have in our fully stocked pantry. Feel free to check our inventory before your scheduled date. Whatever we don’t have on hand, you’ll need to bring with you.
  • We have all the pots and pans, baking dishes, and utensils you may need. We also have four (4) ovens and two (2) cooktops for your convenience. A staff person will provide a brief tour of the kitchen and pantry area upon your arrival.
  • Please do not sit on the kitchen counters. Food preparation surfaces should be free of contamination.
  • Although it is tempting, please DO NOT lick your fingers, bowls, or utensils during food preparation.
  • Not all families will make it back from the hospital in time for service, but rest assured they will be searching for leftovers when they return and will be so grateful!
  • Relief staff on duty will assist with placing leftovers in food storage containers and date-marking them clearly.
  • If using the microwave, please use the splatter-proof lid and clean the lip and wipe down the microwave after each use to ensure cleanliness for the next user.
  • Please clean any equipment you use and wipe all surfaces down with disinfectant wipes or an all-purpose cleaner.
  • To our baking buddies and guest chefs: please complete the photo release located in the front office. Also, please send us your selfies! We would love to have a photo and a short story about your cooking crew…What’s on the menu? Who’s cooking? Why do you do it? Send to:
  • If you must cancel your meal, please notify us as soon as possible so that we can make alternative arrangements.



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Lubbock Offices:

Ronald McDonald House
& Administrative Offices
3413 10th Street
Lubbock, TX 79415
office: 806.744.8877
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4000 24th Street
Lubbock, TX 79410
First Floor
office: 806.725.5360
Ronald McDonald Family Room:
University Medical Center
602 Indiana Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409
2nd Floor
office: 806.775.8826

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Ronald McDonald Family Room:
Medical Center Hospital
500 West 4th Street
Odessa, Texas 79761
2nd Floor
office: 432-221-4010
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400 Rosalind Redfern Grover Pkwy
Midland, TX 79701
4th Floor
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