When is National Mac and Cheese Day?
National Macaroni and Cheese Day is July 14. St. Jude patients chow down on mac and cheese from our beloved Kay Kafe.
Make a dish or order from a favorite restaurant while thinking of the kids of St. Jude.
Kay Kafe and community
We eat mac and cheese at the St. Jude Kay Kafe year-round. Kay Kafe is the central dining area for patients, doctors, researchers and staff at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
When in treatment, some patients may lose their appetite, while others have specific cravings. Because good nutrition is essential for St. Jude kids, chefs prepare a variety of meals.
Chefs even create dishes for individual requests — like making a Cheetos pizza for a patient who had to have a blood transfusion on her birthday; or calling another patient’s grandmother to get the recipe for her mac and cheese.
No two grandmas are alike, and neither are their recipes. We recreate taste memories to help our patients build their appetites or to help them be closer to those they love.
One grandma gave us a recipe with buttered breadcrumbs and cheese and a chunk of fontina in the middle. That was my favorite of them!
There are two variations of Kay Kafe mac and cheese — traditional yellow macaroni and white green chili macaroni.
St. Jude kids can enjoy this delicious dish because of support from generous donors.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
Every dollar makes a difference.
$5 could help St. Jude provide snack bags for patients and their siblings.*
$10 could help St. Jude provide a new toy for hospital play areas or recreational areas at St. Jude housing facilities.*
$22 could help St. Jude provide rehabilitation
weights to help improve
patients’ quality of life.*
$30 could help St. Jude provide a St. Jude family with meals for one day in the Kay Kafe.*
$57 could help St. Jude provide necessities for parents who may have hurriedly left home after their child’s diagnosis.*
$100 could help provide a red wagon, which is the the preferred mode of travel through the halls of the hospital for our youngest patients.
*When you make a donation using this information, your donation will be used to provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures. Items listed here are representative of services and supplies that are part of the treatment and care of children at St. Jude. The cost of each item or service is an approximation, and will vary based on actual costs incurred and individual patient needs. Your donation will be used for the general operating needs of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, lodging, travel or food.
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