Ready, Set, COOK!

Our Family Dinner Programme is a rewarding way to help the families staying with us

Cooking is often the last thing families have on their mind after a long day at the hospital – this is where you step in by volunteering to cook an evening meal for them. You don’t have to be a culinary connoisseur – bring your energy, enthusiasm and ingredients, and have fun as a team!
Do the Family Dinner Programme in Christchurch
The Family Dinner Programme is so much more than feeding tired, stressed out, hungry families. It also creates some stability and normality, eating at a regular time and eating home-cooked food. It creates a gathering point where families share their trials and tribulations of the day.”
Pat Connell, Father
229 nights

Our Calendar

By taking part in the Family Dinner Programme, your company, organisation or group will ensure that families can enjoy home-cooked, nutritious meals together at a time when they need them the most.
Click the link below to see our available Family Dinner Programme dates . Once you have completed your booking request, we will endeavour to contact you within 24 hours to approve your booking.
How does it work?

The House in Christchurch has full kitchen facilities, just like the ones you have at home, including five ovens and a barbecue so you won’t need to bring any cooking items with you.

Please note that all meals must be prepared onsite. Your group kindly supplies the ingredients for the meal, however we will let you know about a week before your selected date if we have an excess of any produce that you may wish to use.

On average, you would be catering for 40 to 60 people, including your team. As the numbers staying in the House changes very quickly, we recommend you give us a call the day before you take part in the programme to get a more accurate estimation of how many people you will be cooking for.

We suggest a maximum of six people cook the meal to enable the team to work easily within our kitchen facilities. It also ensures families aren’t overwhelmed.

If there are more than six of you who want to get involved, you can book out several nights in a row and have a cook-off.

What's on the menu?

This is your opportunity to rustle up all your culinary skills and create a two-course menu consisting of a main meal and a dessert. When selecting a menu try to choose simple meals that incorporate children’s tastes, while still being nutritious. You may wish to have a bit of fun and incorporate a theme e.g. dress up as Superheroes or a cuisine theme e.g. Mexican.

Please remember when planning your menu that RMHC® New Zealand has made an important change to improve the health and safety of the Family Dinner Programme. No raw meat, fruit, vegetables or pre-prepared food will be allowed to be bought in, instead please order fresh food from your local grocer and get it delivered straight to the House. The RMHC staff will directly put the food into fridges and freezers to make sure it stays fresh. This is to ensure we are keeping our families safe and healthy. Thanks for your understanding.

What happens on the night?

It is preferable that you aim to have dinner served at 6pm. 

After you have served the families we encourage you to sit down and enjoy the meal with them.

Some families will not be able to make dinner service and will request a meal be kept aside for them. These meals are plated, covered in cling wrap and stored appropriately – our overnight supervisor will assist your team with this and the dinner set up.

Helping in Invercargill

The Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital does not currently have a regular Family Dinner Programme. However, there are still many ways you can help keep tummies full by donating towards the purchase of meals, or providing frozen meals. Contact our Family Room Supervisor to find out more.

Our Calendar

By taking part in the Family Dinner Programme, your company, organisation or group will ensure that families can enjoy home-cooked, nutritious meals together at a time when they need them the most.
Click the link below to see our available Family Dinner Programme dates . Once you have completed your booking request, we will endeavour to contact you within 24 hours to approve your booking.

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