Grab and go lunches

March 21, 2016
New food program a hit with families
Sandwich with a label that says
Of the many costs associated with having a sick child, food can be a big one. Spending days at the hospital can mean lots of eating out, which is often expensive and unhealthy.

With that in mind, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto launched our Meals-on-the-Go program this month. We now offer individually packaged, nutritious lunch items that families can grab on their way out to the hospital.

“Along with our Home for Dinner program and other food offerings, this is one more way that we’re supporting the nutritional needs of our families,” says Kevin Hulbert, food services coordinator. “And, we’re always trying to find new ways to reduce their food costs.”

Refrigerator with packaged food inside

Supported by food donations from Summer Fresh Salads and the help of volunteers, the Meals-on-the-Go fridge is stocked with sandwiches, salads and healthy snack packs. The program was an immediate hit, with food flying off the shelves. We’ve also received lots of wonderful feedback from our families:

“On-the-fly eating at the hospital is so costly, and nobody really wants to eat high-calorie, expensive food. So thank you to Summer Fresh and the volunteers who make this program happen. And a big thank you to RMHC Toronto for your love, care and innovative ideas. I think the mamas and the papas are going to be a bit healthier while they help their little ones heal up!”
- Stacey Richard

“This is great. I’m here with my two older sons while my youngest is at SickKids. This helps us out so, so much. Thank you.”
- Tiffany Collins

“I spent just over two months at this amazing place and I didn’t think it was possible for RMHC Toronto to do more for the families… Proven wrong. Such a wonderful thing.”
- Ash Cond