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Meals Matter

Give the gift of meals

Meals really do matter to our families.  Families tell us that dinner gives them a break from the hospital and time to connect with others, as well as a feeling of comfort and being cared for and supported. See how you can make a difference and help provide our families with meals in a variety of ways! For questions, please contact Sue Hachem at shachem@rmhcannarbor.org or 734.998.2103. To help provide a safe and healthy environment, groups are limited to a maximum of 8 people (all volunteers must be 14 years of age or older).  Thank you.

Our Meals Matter program means families have one less thing to worry about while they care for their child. Choose your cooking adventure below:

pipers pals

Cooking Up Comfort & Chef for a Day

You’re invited to create a wonderful home-cooked meal for our families, in the fully-equipped Main House kitchen, under the guidance of our certified food handlers.  Choose your Dinner Program option:

A. Cooking Up Comfort – Choose a date, make a tax deductible donation of $250, and the RMHCAA staff will create the menu and purchase the ingredients.

B. Chef for a Day – You and your group plan the meal, shop, and bring all the ingredients to the House.

On your scheduled day, volunteers need to arrive at 4:30 p.m. and stay until approximately 7:30 p.m.

Laura's Ladies cooking

A group of up to 4 volunteers prepare a grab-and-go lunch for our guest families. This opportunity takes place on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Your group decides what you want to make and supplies all the ingredients needed, as well as packaging to individually portion the items. We suggest menu items that are easy to prepare. Please provide enough for 25 servings.
Sample menu ideas are:
•Cold wraps or sandwiches
•Quesadillas with salsa & sour cream
•Soup or chili
•Pasta or garden salads
•Homemade “lunchables”
baking buddy

Our Baking Buddies program is a sweet way to provide comfort and a little treat for our families.

Volunteers can bake at our Main House 10 a.m. to 12 noon for our families. Your group decides what you want to bake and supplies all the ingredients needed, as well as packaging to individually wrap the treats for serving.

Baking groups of up to 8 volunteers are welcome.

pantry donation


We have partnered with U-M’s Aramark food service to provide meals to our families when we do not have a volunteer dinner group scheduled. Donations to our Meals Matter program help us purchase these meals at a reduced cost.

You can also work with our staff to donate a prepared meal from your favorite restaurant.