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Eastside Meals on Wheels

Eastside Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit, mostly community supported volunteer organization which provides support to homebound, elderly, or disabled residents of Northeast Minneapolis and St. Anthony Village . Nutritious meals are delivered regularly to the home and this allows people to maintain their independence. This is done regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin or gender. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is one of the volunteer organizations who deliver meals each month. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, talk to Karmon or Meridel Christopherson for all the information!  Contact Gloria Dei for thier telephone number.

About Meals on Wheels

Meals are delivered by volunteers from supporting churches, businesses, civic organizations, and other caring individuals in the neighborhood.

Am I in your delivery area?

Northeast Dinner Bell defines its boundaries as:

  • North: 37th Avenue NE
  • South: Mississippi River , Central & East Hennepin
  • East: Highway 88 & Highcrest Road (including St. Anthony Village )
  • West: Mississippi River

How can I find out if you are closed during bad weather?
Please check with WCCO TV or WCCO Radio for bad weather closings.

About Volunteering

How long does it take?
Each time you deliver takes about 1 hour.

Can I involve my children?
Yes! Our clients love to see kids.

Do I have to be available every day?
No. You can schedule your time weekly, monthly or on call.

Do I see the same clients each time?
The program manager works hard to make sure the routes are consistent for both the client and the volunteer. That way you can develop a relationship with your clients.

Do I need a car?
If you don’t have a car, volunteer with a friend or co-worker that does. It is more fun to volunteer with a friend. One person drives and the other navigates the route.

Can I volunteer on the weekend or evening?
We do not deliver on the weekends or evening.

How can I help if I don’t drive?
You may help by making a financial or an in-kind contribution. We send out gifts along with the meals to our clients. Maybe your church or scout group could make bookmarks or refrigerator magnets to be delivered during a holiday.

About the Meals

What time of day are the meals delivered?
Meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. If you are not home when your meal arrives, it will be returned to the office unless previous arrangements have been made. You will be charged for that meal. Please remember to call before noon two working days in advance to cancel a meal to avoid being billed for those meals.

What are the meals like?
The meals are balanced to provide one third of the minimum daily nutritional requirements for adults. Special diets are available upon request at no extra charge. Each meal includes an entree, potato or rice, a vegetable, bread or roll with butter, milk and a dessert.

How and when do I pay for the meals?
Our volunteer drivers will deliver your statement for this month at the beginning of the next month. You may send the payment with the driver or mail it to our office.

How much do the meals cost?
The cost is very reasonable. Meals are $4.25 each (effective January 1st, 200 8 ). Price adjustments are made periodically to cover expenses.

How do I qualify to receive meals?
The program is available for people that are home-bound.

How does it work?
Each weekday (Monday – Friday) a hot lunch is delivered to your door by a volunteer.

What are the meals like?
The meals cover 1/3 of your recommended daily nutrition. The meals include, bread, dessert (ex: cake or fruit), milk, meat, vegetables and potatoes.

What if I am not home?
The food is returned to the kitchen. If you know you will not be home, please call at least 2 days in advance to cancel your meal delivery.

Are your clients only over 60 years of age?
No, we have clients that are under 60 that suffer from chronic illness or that need a temporary respite while recovering from surgery.

How do you define homebound?
Homebound means that you cannot go out to shop for groceries or cannot make nutritious meals on a regular basis.

How soon can I get started?
The average start up is 2 working days.

Who delivers the meals?
Volunteers from communities of faith and companies and all over the community deliver the meals.

When are the delivery days?
Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. You can choose to receive meals only 3 days a week.

Can I get meals on the weekends?
We don’t deliver meals on weekends, but you can order extra meals on Thursday and Friday to keep for the weekends.

Do you accommodate special diets?
Most programs accommodate low sodium and diabetic diets. Check with your neighborhood programs for specific needs availability.

What time are the meals delivered?
Between 11:00 am and noon .

Where does the food come from?
Each program has a different food source. Meals are made at nursing homes, hospitals, school kitchens, or private caterers.

Gloria Dei's Schedule

  • Gloria Dei delivers meals on June 1st.

If you would like to be a part of this ministry, talk to Karmon or Meridel Christopherson for all the information!  Contact Gloria Dei for thier telephone number.

Gloria Dei Coordinator: Karmon and Meridel Christopherson

Meals on Wheels LinkEastside Meals on Wheels
817 Main Street, NE , Minneapolis , MN 55418
Tel: 612-277-2529 • FAX: 612-277-2531
http://nemealsonwheels.org
email: nemealsonwheels@msn.com
Hours: M-F 8am to 1pm