Meal Calendar

Imagine going from vending machines and hospital food for days, weeks and even months on end to a delicious home-cooked meal! The meal volunteer program is a great opportunity for individuals or groups to get together and serve our families.  Whether it’s your co-workers, classmates, family, friends, or teammates, you are guaranteed a worthwhile experience planning and preparing a meal to our families. Schedule a time to make breakfast, lunch or dinner for our families. We have a beautiful gourmet kitchen where you can prepare a meal or bring a already prepared meal from your own kitchen. We also have a fully stocked pantry and you are welcome to use any items that we already have on hand to prepare your meal.  You are typically preparing a meal for approximately 10 people at the Lutheran Hope House and 6 people at the Dupont Hope House.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact: Leah Smitley

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I/we have to prepare the meal at Children’s Hope House?

If the meal is not prepared in our kitchen, then it must be catered by a restaurant, come prepackage from a grocery store (i.e. Gordons, Costco, Kroger, etc), or prepared in a commercial kitchen.  These are the guidelines from the Allen County Department of Health that we are required to follow.

We have a beautiful kitchen that is perfect for meal preparation. We have all the equipment needed to help you and your group prepare a wonderful meal. We also have a fully stocked pantry and we welcome the use of any of the items in our community pantry.

Can I utilize items in the Children’s Hope House pantry?

Yes! We welcome our Hometown Chef’s to get creative and utilize items we have on site. Often our Chef’s utilize a combination of items in our pantry and purchase the remaining items needed to prepare a complete meal. It’s basically like being an Iron Chef…well pretty much.

How many people do I need to cook for?

We recommend preparing a meal for about 8-10 individuals for our Lutheran Hope House and 4-6 individuals for our Dupont Hope House. Our volunteer coordinator, Leah, will be in touch a few days prior to your volunteer date to confirm the expected amount.

Can we eat with the families?

Volunteers are welcome to join in fellowship with our guests if invited to do so.

What time should we arrive with the meal?

Volunteer hours for the Lutheran House:

10:00am-3:00pm Monday-Friday only (meal ready by 4:00pm latest)

12:00-3:00pm Saturday & Sunday(meal ready by 4:00pm latest)

Volunteer hours for the Dupont House:

4:00-6:00pm Monday-Friday (meal ready by 7:00pm latest)

12:00-3:00pm Saturday & Sunday(meal ready by 4:00pm latest)

If you schedule cannot accommodate these times, please contact and we will work around your schedule as best we can.

What about dietary restrictions?

Don’t sweat it. Our families know their needs best, they will regulate their own dietary needs.

What if I arrive and the door is locked?

We are sorry we missed you. You’ll see staff phone numbers posted at the front door.

What about cleaning up?

It’s a messy job, but someone has to do it. If you cook in our kitchen, please clean utensils and other equipment needed during the cooking process. Please wipe down materials using the products provided. You do not need to clean up after our families.

Is it OK to leave food out?

Yep! Buffet style works best!

Lutheran Hospital (Southwest) Meal Calendar

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Dupont Hospital Meal Calendar


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