Chef for a Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can volunteer? How many people can volunteer?

Chef for a Day groups may include a maximum of twelve (12) volunteers. Everyone who comes with your group will count toward this total and must be there to actively participate.

Chef for a Day volunteers must be at least 8 years old and actively participate in cooking and serving the entire time. All children must be supervised at all times.

You are responsible for recruiting volunteers to your group. RMHC cannot add individual volunteers to other groups.

Are there health requirements/restrictions?

There is no longer a vaccination requirement for Chef for a Day volunteers. Even though COVID cases are low in Pima County, it still is a potential risk for a family whose child has compromised health.  If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, please take a COVID test before coming to the Ronald McDonald House.

All volunteers must be completely illness/symptom free (cold, flu, fever, stomach virus, etc.) for at least 14 days prior to volunteering. Even if you think it’s just allergies, to ensure the safety of our guest families, please take an at-home COVID test to confirm. 

Volunteers must wear face masks, gloves, and hair ties. Participants must bring masks and hair ties, and RMHC-SA will provide gloves. Additional health practices during participation will include frequent hand washing and changing gloves, and no face, hair, or phone touching.

When can we come to cook?

Meal opportunities are:

Dinner: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (arrive as early as 4 p.m. to ensure your meal is ready by 6 p.m.)

Brunch: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sunday  (the House opens at 9 a.m. Meals should be ready by 10:30 a.m.)

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What do I cook? How many people should I expect?

Cook a meal you would enjoy eating! It can be as simple as soup and sandwiches or can be a more elaborate multi-course meal. It’s all up to you!

Meal preparation must be done on-site unless you have it commercially prepared and delivered. Our kitchen is equipped with all reasonable cooking necessities, including outside grills.

Participants organize their group, plan the meal, and supply the food.  Condiments, salad dressings and spices will be supplied by the House. 

Please plan to prepare enough food for 35 people. Feel free to call the House to confirm prior to your shopping trip.

How much food should you cook for 35 people? These guidelines may be helpful:

  • Chicken, beef, fish or pork – 6oz per person
  • Starches (potatoes, rice, pasta, etc.) – 2 to 4 oz per person
  • Hot dogs or hamburgers – 1.5 per person
  • Eggs – 2 per person
  • Vegetables/side dishes – 2oz per person
  • Salads – 3oz per person
  • Soups, stews, chilis – 1c per person
  • Desserts – 1 per person
  • Drinks – not required

Can I prepare food at my home?

No. Meal preparation must be done on-site unless you have it commercially prepared and delivered. Our kitchen is equipped with all reasonable cooking necessities, including outside grills.