Columbia, SC(WLTX) -Food Checkout Week Kicked off at the Ronald McDonald House Wednesday.

The Ronald McDonald house is a place the helps children and their families while they are being treated at Palmetto Health's Childrens Hospital. Now, however,they need your donations.

The House provides families with showers, meals, laundry facilities and a place to call home during difficult family times.

About 200 families a year stay at the house per year and the average stay is 12 days.