Create a "home away from home" by providing a warm meal for our families

Our Meals from the Heart program allows our volunteers to prepare home-cooked lunches and dinners for the overwhelmed families staying at our Houses. Just like you, our families have to do laundry, help their kids with homework, and jump on conference calls, all the while caring for their seriously ill child. Your invaluable contribution and expression of love brings comfort to our families and will leave you feeling all warm inside, just like the lasagna you prepared.

There are many ways to contribute to the Meals from the Heart program. Gather a team of up to 4-8 of your friends, family, or coworkers and choose the opportunity that works for you. No matter your schedule, cooking abilities, or interest there is a Meals from the Heart project with your name on it.


Prepare a home-cooked dinner for families that have spent their whole day at the hospital. Your group’s meal provides our exhausted families with the chance to decompress and focus on each other, rather than on what’s to eat. Prepare dinner any night of the week at either our East House (groups of 4-5) or our South Waterfront House (groups of 4-8).

Freezer Friends:

On the rare occasion that a standard dinner group is canceled last minute, our Freezer Friends meals come to the rescue. These pre-prepared meals assure that our families always have the food they need. Freezer meals can be prepared any day of the week between 1:00pm and 3:00pm at either of our Portland Houses.


Our two Portland Houses are conveniently located—just minutes from children’s hospitals and treatment facilities in the area. Parents and families can seek a moment of peace in the middle of a hectic day by returning to the house for a hearty lunch prepared by you and your team. Prepare lunch for our families Monday-Friday at either of our Portland Houses.

Weekend Brunch:

Bring some much needed rest and relaxation to our families by preparing a weekend brunch for all to enjoy! A 10:00am brunch can be served on Saturday or Sunday at either of our Portland Houses.

Fill our pantry:

Frozen meals for individuals can provide fast energy for a single parent, quick snacks can help a family on the go, and baking supplies make sure that there is always the possibility of baked treats on the horizon.  Check out our wishlist to see what food items we need for our Houses.

Other ways to help:

Even if you aren’t the world’s best cook or if you don’t have the time to prepare dinner or lunch you can still provide our families with a delicious and comforting meal.

  • Cover the cost of a meal by donating $150 to provide dinner for a night in your name.
  • Order ahead and pick up food from your favorite restaurant to share with our families.

To get more information, or to sign up to provide a meal, fill out the form below.

If you have other questions or want to learn more about how to get involved, contact Kara Klepinger, Community Programs Coordinator at:
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