Food for Ronald McDonald House

District: Lowell Area Schools Building: Lowell High School
Teacher(s): Heather Sneider, Noel Dean
Main Contact: Heather Sneider Email:
Grade Level: 10 – 12 Subject(s): Foods/Nutrition, Social Studies, Math
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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Students will learn to plan and prepare healthy meals within a given budget. Rather than consuming the meals themselves, the students will be preparing them for the residents at Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

Ronald McDonald House relies on volunteers to provide 100% of the meals that are served to families staying there. Each night they house approx. 40 people.

What service will you provide to address the need?

The foods class will plan, prepare and deliver meals to Ronald McDonald House for the residents on two separated dates.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

This project allows students to practically apply the skills of wall balanced meal planning and use of the food pyramid as well as planning and shopping for food within a budget, how to work together, prepare well balanced meals, and serve others.

What are the educational goals?

• Learn how to plan a well-balanced, nutritional meal.
• Learn to shop within a budget.
• Learn how to prepare a full meal.


Curriculum Crafter Connections

Strand: AG: Civics
TLW: Identify, describe, and explain the scope of and limits to the rights of citizenship in the United States. (Gist: Rights of Citizenship)

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

MMC Standard 3: Health Behaviors

1.3: Demonstrate the ability to use information on food labels to choose nutrient dense foods and beverages, and to avoid or limit foods and beverages that are low in nutrients or may impact health conditions.

1.3: Prepare meal plans according to the federal dietary guidelines


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

Students will write a reflection paper upon completion of the project as well as class discussions throughout the process to give feedback to teachers.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

We will explore socioeconomic diversity and how that affects families who are supporting loved ones who are hospitalized, as well as diversity in ability/disability.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

Students will be completely in charge of planning the meal, determining the grocery list, budgeting, and delivery of food.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan

How will students benefit from this partnership?

Students will learn the importance of non-profit organizations to help people in need. They will learn about the services provided by Ronald McDonald House in case they should ever need those services in the future.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

By having meals provided for guests on two separate evenings as well as possibly growing some new volunteers.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

Educational goals will be assessed through the students’ submission of meal plans that demonstrate knowledge of food guidelines, proposals of budget for meals and final expense reports.

How will you assess your service goals?

We will be seeking feedback from the staff at Ronald McDonald House on the quality and quantity of the food provided, as well as the selection, in order to inform future projects.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

To prepare for the experience, students will learn about Ronald McDonald house of West Michigan, their mission and vision, and have an opportunity to hear from one of their community outreach directors in order to understand the struggles facing the families who stay there

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

• Learn about the food pyramid and nutrition
• Plan nutritional meals for two evenings
• Shop for groceries – staying within given budget
• Prepare food according to recipe
• Deliver food to Ronald McDonald House
Explain the process, project, and reflections to school administrators.