Family Life

More than 1,000 meals served at Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana’s New House

Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana (RMHC-SLA) opened its doors to its newest house in December, and the campus’s impact has transcended expectations. The new house has welcomed more than 127 families (346 adults and 270 children) for more than 2,400 nights and offered approximately 1,125 meals. 

For only being in its fifth month, the new house has served so many families, and the house is already filling up a waiting list.

“Now in its fifth month, the house has a waiting list,” says RMHC-SLA Executive Director, Grace McIntosh. “We are beyond happy to provide a home-away-from-home for families who need it most. With more than 70 percent of our families seeking treatment at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, our house allows them to stay in close proximity to their loved ones.” 

Families staying at the new house can enjoy a 64-person dining room, an outdoor barbecue space, game room, playroom, library, and other community spaces. According to a press release, “since RMHC-SLA’s founding in December 1983, they have served more than 20,000 families from Greater New Orleans and across the country. With the help of the local community, they help ease the financial and emotional burdens families face as they access critical care for their children. They are that home-away-from-home, offering free accommodations, volunteer-provided meals, transportation when needed, a food pantry, and a support system like no other.”

To learn more about RMHC-SLA, visit

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