Family House Meal Program

With the renovation of our Guest Kitchen and Dining Room complete, volunteer teams are now able to prepare meals again at Family House following strict safety protocols inlcluding proper social distancing. Please scroll down below to learn more about how to volunteer to cook and serve meals. The patients and caregivers staying here truly savor and appreciate them! 

Considering how many wonderful bakers we know, donations of dessert or baked goods are welcome. Your goodies are especially delightful to guests after a long day at the hospital. You can sign up here to donate your baked goods. 

We are also safely creating "breakfast grab 'n go" bags for guests to have something to eat on their way to medical care. We're accepting donations of these items to create these bags and stock the coffee bar:

- Individual serve cereals

- Individually wrapped muffins/danishes

- Individual juice boxes and drinks

- Individual creamers and sugar packets for coffee

- Individual coffee cups and lids

If you prefer to contribute financially, giving to our meal fund not only provides hot, nutritious meals for families, but also supports local businesses here in Chapel Hill! Simply complete this form and your donation will be put to great use nourishing the patients and caregivers calling this House a home.



Our Family House Meal program is perhaps the most mutually beneficial activity we offer.

Patients and families receive a break from hospital or vending machine meals, as well as the opportunity to sit down and relax, participating in a routine from their pre-hospital life. For volunteers, it is a rewarding experience of connecting with others who are in need of comfort and care. 


Time Commitment and People

Dinners are normally served around 6:00 PM, and we offer breakfast Thursday and Saturday through Monday at 8:00 AM. Plan to arrive at the House at least one hour in advance to begin preparing for the meal. House Meals are served buffet style and usually conclude after an hour. Meal groups should consist of 5-10 people, participants may include teenagers 12 and older if supervised by an adult. 


With the addition of our new Pine wing, please plan to feed about 80 guests. It’s better to prepare too much food because leftovers are popular! There are no meal restrictions.  We welcome your creativity in menu selection and can help you with recipes and suggestions. If you want to offer a meal but would prefer to prepare it off-site and bring it in, this is fine, too. It's also fine to bring in restaurant-made pizzas or subs. 

Meal examples include:

  • Chicken casserole, green beans, potato, salad and dessert
  • Taco bar, salad and dessert
  • Soup, salad, bread and dessert
  • Pasta dishes: spaghetti, lasagna, baked ziti, salad and dessert

Utensils and Equipment

Pots, pans, utensils, serving dishes, food handling gloves, silverware, napkins, etc. are provided by the House. Our kitchen is adequately equipped with 4 stoves/ovens, 3 microwaves, 3 coffee makers, 4 dishwashers, 4 sinks, and plenty of counter space. 

What if something happens?

If for any reason you are unable to make your scheduled meal, we ask that you call to cancel. If anyone in your group is not feeling well or is sick, they should stay home because many of our patients have suppressed immune systems.

Meal & Entertainment Calendar

(with available dates)

Click the link above to see the current availablility for scheduling your next meal.

For questions or suggestions, or to be added to the calednar and registered as a Family House meal provider, please contact Volunteer Services Manager Georgie Clemens at

Georgie Clemens
Volunteer Services Manager