JoyFULL Eats FAQ’s

Providing Meals at Holcombe House

Clubs, churches, organizations, and corporations regularly participate in our JoyFULL Eats meal program at Holcombe House. Round up your crew to cook, then serve a full meal. Or, you can have food delivered from a nearby restaurant for your crew to serve. Either way, our 70 families will appreciate your generosity!

The ideal group size to prepare and serve a meal is 6-8 volunteers, with up to 12 volunteers if an activity is included. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and provide a valid government-issue photo ID.

Bring enough ingredients or order enough food for 125 servings. The recommended meal is an entrée, two side dishes, a vegetable and dessert. We are happy to make menu suggestions.

The Houses provide kitchen equipment, and is fully stocked with pots, pans, and small appliances. Please bring all necessary paper items (plates, cups, utensils, napkins, to-go boxes) to serve and package leftover food for the families. If you have a question about a specific item, please contact us.

11:45am for lunch and 5:45pm for dinner. If you know there will be a delay, please call us to let us know. Lunch is served at 12:00pm, Dinner at 6:00pm.

Catering costs typically range from $700-$1300 for 125 servings. Ingredient costs vary depending on the meal you are preparing.

For safety reasons, home-cooked meals cannot be accepted. Meals must be prepared in our on-site kitchen or catered by a licensed restaurant or grocery store.

After everyone checks in at the front desk, our House volunteers will help you get set up in our kitchen and answer any questions you may have.

Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes with rubber soles. No sandals or high heels. Long hair should be pulled back, or we can provide you with a hair net. We will also provide gloves.

Groups should plan to be with us from 2 to 4 hours, depending on whether food is being catered or prepared at the House, and if there is an activity with the meal. This includes food prep, serving, eating and clean-up. Volunteers should remain from start to finish.

Providing Meals at our Hospital Locations

One of our biggest challenges is providing regular, hot meals at our Ronald McDonald Houses inside Texas Children’s, Children’s Memorial Hermann, and M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer hospitals. With limited kitchen amenities, visitor restrictions, and strict food packaging requirements, our hospital families often find it difficult to eat regular meals. We provide complimentary snacks and H.E.B. Meal Simple meals to our families to help fill the gap.

An easy way to make sure our hospital families have access to a variety of hot, convenient meals is to donate gift cards to H.E.B. or nearby restaurants and vendors. We use the H.E.B. gift cards to stock the hospital kitchens with Meal Simple heat-and-eat meals. Restaurant/vendor gift cards are distributed to our hospital families as needed.

Please contact our JoyFULL Eats coordinator for delivery instructions and a list of restaurants that can cater individually packaged meals to the hospitals.

M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital -50 meals, Texas Children’s Hospital -35 meals, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital -25 meals.

Catering food to each hospital location can range from $250-$600 depending on the restaurant and the number of meals.

Unfortunately, hospitals currently do not allow visitors to bring catered food directly to the families. One of our volunteers can meet you in the lobby to take the delivery.

No, you can select any or all of our three hospital locations: MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital (50 meals). Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital (25 meals). Texas Children’s Hospital (35 meals)

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