Bay Area McDonald’s® Owners/Operators Donate Shamrock Shake and McFlurry Proceeds to Help Sick Kids and Families

Palo Alto, Calif. — February 16, 2024

Media Contact: Agueda Chavez Gama

Bay Area McDonald’s® Owners/Operators Donate Shamrock Shake and McFlurry Proceeds to Help Sick Kids and Families

25 cents from each specialty shake and McFlurry sold will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities® Bay Area (RMHC Bay Area)

Two McDonald's shamrock shakes

Palo Alto, CA, Feb 16, 2024 — Continuing their 45-year legacy of fundraising support for RMHC Bay Area, local McDonald’s Owner/Operators are donating 25 cents from each Shamrock Shake and OREO Shamrock McFlurry to help provide critically ill children with communities of support, access to medical care and a home-away-from-home.

“Since the first Ronald McDonald House in the Bay Area was built 45 years ago in Palo Alto, McDonald’s owner/operators have provided support, helping us to grow and reach more and more families throughout the region with our Ronald McDonald Houses, in-hospital meal programs, Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, and vital family support services, “said Laura Boudreau, CEO RMHC Bay Area.

In 1974, the first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia was built with funding generated from the sale of Shamrock Shakes.

“What has become a traditional favorite of our customers, is also a passion for owner/operators,” said McDonald’s Owner/Operator Amy O’Leary. “Families come to the Bay Area to find life-saving care for their sick children, and we believe supporting RMHC Bay Area through legacy fundraisers such as Shamrock Shake, ensures these families have a community they can count on.”

This fan-favorite mint-flavored, green shake has been a mainstay in the multiple ways McDonald’s franchisees fundraise to support the charity. The locally owned restaurants, McDonald’s customers and suppliers and employees of the Greater Bay Area McDonald’s Cooperative throughout the 15-county Bay Area and Central Coast region give customers the opportunity to donate through “Round-Up for RMHC” or through RMHC Donation Canisters in restaurant. They also donate one penny for each pound of World-Famous Fries® sold resulting in an annual donation of nearly $250,000 to the Charity. In 2022, Local Bay Area McDonald’s franchises and customers provided 54% of the corporate support to RMHC Bay Area.

Shamrock Shakes and the OREO Shamrock McFlurries are available now until supplies last.


About Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area

Our mission at Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area (RMHC Bay Area) is to be there for sick kids and their families, providing comfort and support when and where they need it most. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3), we offer no-cost housing, free meals, and comprehensive psychosocial support services for families with children accessing care at the Bay Area’s leading children’s hospitals, including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland. Additionally, our Chapter operates two Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles that offer free oral health care services to vulnerable children in Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties. The 123-bedroom Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is one of the world’s largest pediatric housing facilities for medically fragile children and their families, offering lodging, daily meals, 24/7 family services in English and Spanish, and innovative family-centered programming, including a distinctive makerspace; a Family Support Services graduate training program that offers 3,000 hours of therapeutic support an onsite credentialed K-12 school; and more. In 2023, we established the first 7-bedroom Ronald McDonald House Oakland; the Larry C. Tripplett Sr. Family Center is located just steps away from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. For more information, visit Follow RMHC Bay Area on Facebook, Instagram,LinkedIn, and Twitter.