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Meals On Wheels Program NE and SE Minneapolis
Eastside Meals on Wheels

Our non-profit meal delivery service provides meals to people who are unable to shop and prepare adequate meals for themselves on a regular basis. Some recipients are elderly and some are mentally or physically challenged. For some recipients we become a temporary service as they recuperate from an injury or a hospital stay. For others it will probably be their source of nutrition as long as they remain in their homes.  Many times our service enables the elderly to maintain their autonomy and their independent living.

A typical meal recipient is in their 80′s, widowed and living in their own home. Our daily visit provides security to their families who know that a volunteer driver will be checking in on their loved one each day and will report anything unusual. Sometimes our driver is the only person the recipient will see all day.

Each month 250 volunteers drive and deliver meals for our program.  Our volunteers include church groups, area businesses, civic organizations and individuals.  Meals on Wheels programs are funded from a variety of sources. In many cases insurance programs pay for the meals. In our program more than half of our meal recipients donate money for their meals. Others who meet certain criteria are subsidized by local and federal government. However the income from these sources does not nearly cover the expenses of our program. We rely mainly on contributions from area businesses, churches, social service groups, memorials, fundraising activities and generous individuals.

 If you or someone you know would like to help those who need our services and can volunteer to drive one day a month, please contact us at 612-277-2529. We will work with you to schedule your days around your other activities. Meal delivery normally takes less than an hour and the show of appreciation by our clients is priceless. If you can’t drive, remember that financial contributions are always appreciated!

The Eastside Meals on Wheels program is always looking for volunteers. If you would like to become a driver for the Meals on Wheels program, or are interested in serving on one of the operations/event committees, please contact our office at 612-277-2529.

Eileen Hafften
Eastside Meals on Wheels
1510 33rd Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN. 55418
phone (main) 612-277-2529
fax 612-277-2531
web: eastsidemeals.org
 

 

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