Good Food Meal Program
Providing a dinner for our Reinhart Guest House guests is a wonderful opportunity to serve and comfort those in need. This allows our guests the opportunity to relax and remain strong for their loved ones at St. Mary’s Hospital.
As our calendar fills up and becomes more popular, we want our groups to flex their creative muscles and wow us with creative, healthy tasting menus!
How does it work?
1. Complete an online volunteer application. Healthy meal providers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
2. We will process your request and reach out to you to reserve your date.
3. Plan the menu, purchase groceries – Need a few healthy menu ideas? Check these out!
4. Come to the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House to prepare your meal.
5. Clean up from your cooking afterwards.
We ask that the food be prepared in our House and be ready by 6pm. Our guests will love having a home-cooked meal waiting for them upon their return from St. Mary’s Hospital. Please keep in mind that healthy, nutritious meals will help our guests maintain their strength and overall health during a very stressful time. Consider a tour of the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House prior to your scheduled meal date.
FAQs about cooking in the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House kitchen:
• Can I bring food that I prepared in my own kitchen?
Yes, since we accommodate families of patients we have lighter restrictions when it comes to prepping the meals. If you do prep at home please bring a list of the ingredients you used with you in case there is a question about allergies.
• What kind of food should I bring?
We always recommend simple, healthy meals. Most people bring a main course with a few sides and a dessert. Suggestions: chicken, turkey, pork, lean beef, meatloaf, pizza, hamburgers, soup, salad and rolls, Crock-Pot meals, stews, tacos, lasagna, spaghetti, grilled vegetables, fruit salad.
• What about allergies?
To avoid any allergic reactions, we ask that you have a list of ingredients so that we can properly label foods. We will have stickers available for you to label foods that contain milk, eggs, nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.
• Will I need to bring my own cooking supplies, paper products or cutlery?
No. Our kitchen is fully equipped for any kind of cooking. We have plenty of pots and pans, dishes, baking trays and tins, knives, and cutting boards. We do have some seasonings, as well. We provide paper products and cutlery for the families to use.
• Do I need to bring drinks?
It is not necessary to bring drinks, but you are welcome to do so. In the House, we have coffee, tea and soda. Our guests certainly appreciate items like sparkling water, iced tea and juices.
• How large of a volunteer group can you accommodate?
We ask that groups be a maximum of 10 people to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to help.
• Can I bring my children?
Yes, but please note that they must be supervised by you at all times.