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Inn’s Family Dinner Program Returns

The Dental Clinic prepares a meal

In 2019, the NIH Dental Clinic prepared a meal for families staying at the Children’s Inn.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

The Family Dinner Program is back at the Children’s Inn at NIH and help is needed. 

For the first time since 2019, volunteers are invited to help prepare meals in-house using the inn’s indoor kitchen and outdoor grilling patio. 

After three years with reduced capacity, the inn is now once again full of children, teens, young adults and their families who have come to NIH to participate in groundbreaking studies and treatments. 

The family dinners have always been a favorite activity, providing comfort and nourishment to individuals facing challenging circumstances. The program also offers a rewarding and uplifting experience for volunteers.

Groups of up to 12 volunteers ages 18 and over are welcome to sign up. All meals must be either prepared at the inn using food supplied by your group or catered.

Inn staff members are happy to speak with potential groups to develop meal ideas. Volunteer-hosted family dinners typically take place nightly, Monday through Thursday, with arrival for volunteers as early as 3 p.m. and cleanup by 7 p.m. 

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