Signing up for meals is easy! Enroll online today or call us at 612.623.3363 to start meal delivery service. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you if you have additional questions.
FAQs for Clients
Whether you want the convenience of healthy and ready-to-eat meals delivered to your home, or are unable to prepare nutritious meals for yourself, you can receive meals from Meals on Wheels! Meals are available both on a long-term basis and temporarily if you are recovering from surgery or illness.
All meals are prepared fresh without preservatives and made locally. Each meal features healthy portions including an entrée, vegetable, bread or grain, fruit or dessert and a beverage. Here's a sample menu.
Meals on Wheels provides excellent value for what you receive – a freshly prepared, ready-to-eat meal delivered right to your door. While we ask for a modest contribution toward your meals, the price is based on need. Meals may be authorized as part of Minnesota's home- and community-based services Medicaid waiver program, and other subsidy programs can also help cover the cost of meal delivery service. If you have questions about funding options for your clients, call us at 612.623.3363.
In addition to regular hot meal deliver Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., we also offer weekly frozen meal delivery if it’s more convenient for you. If you’d like meals for weekends or holidays, additional frozen meals can be delivered during the week.
Meals on Wheels happily offers low-sugar, low-sodium meal options, as well as vegetarian options. Simply specify your dietary needs when you sign up for meals.
Kosher, Somali/Halal meals and other culturally specific meal options are available in many areas. You can specify cultural meal preferences when you sign up for meals online or when you call us at 612-623-3363.
FAQs for Professionals
Enrolling your client for home meal delivery is easy! Get started by completing our online form or by calling us at 612-623-3363. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you if you have additional questions about meal delivery service, dietary requirements, delivery schedules and payment options.
Generally, if someone is unable to regularly prepare nutritious meals for themselves or cannot afford to purchase healthy food, they are eligible for home-delivered meals. Meals are available both on a long-term basis and temporarily for people who are recovering from surgery or an illness. If you have a question about whether your client is eligible, give us a call at 612-623-3363 or email us.
Yes! Menus are reviewed by a registered dietitian to ensure they meet recommended daily nutrition allowances.
Meals on Wheels provides excellent value for what you receive – a freshly prepared, ready-to-eat meal delivered right to your door. While we ask for a modest contribution toward your meals, the price is based on need. Meals may be authorized as part of home- and community-based waivered services through Medicaid waivers, and other subsidy programs can also help cover the cost of meal delivery service. If you have questions about funding options for your clients, call us at 612.623.3363.
Meals on Wheels happily offers low-sugar, low-sodium meal options, as well as vegetarian options. Simply specify your client’s dietary needs when you enroll them for service.
Kosher, Somali/Halal meals and other culturally specific meal options are available in many areas. You can specify cultural meal preferences when you complete the online meal delivery form or when you call us at 612-623-3363.
In addition to regular hot meal delivery Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., we also offer weekly frozen meal delivery. Additional frozen meals can be delivered during the week for use during weekends or holidays.
FAQs for Family Volunteers
Your family can request to have the same route each time you volunteer to deliver meals and the program coordinator will do their best to accommodate your request. Keeping the same route is a great way to build relationships with recipients, which is a nice benefit for your family.
Many programs offer delivery opportunities that are all inside one apartment building. That way, getting your child in and out of a car seat won’t be an issue. If you have questions about this, contact us at [email protected] or call 612-623-3363.
Absolutely! One idea is to deliver the meals yourself when they’re in school, and then talk about your experiences with your children. Then you’ll be able to take them along during the summer or when they have school breaks.
If you’re the only adult, you might want to wait until your child can get out of the car and walk to the door unaided. However, if you and another parent deliver together, you can take turns going to the door with your child or children, no matter what their ages.
Yes! This works especially well for families with really young children who aren’t yet able to walk. You and another parent can then take turns going to the door.
We’ve compiled a handbook on how to get the most out of your family’s meal delivery experience. Here you can find practical advice for delivering, guidance for preparing your children for the experience, and exercises for reflection after you’ve delivered meals. Delivering meals can be a great educational and bonding activity for families.
Yes! Delivering meals is our biggest volunteer need, but we offer many other ways to get involved. Check out these fun and easy ways for your family get involved with Meals on Wheels.
FAQs for Individual Volunteers
Fill out the online volunteer form or call us at 612-623-3363 and we will refer you to your local program.
Volunteers drive to the program site, pick up 8-10 meals stored in easy-to-carry thermal packs, and deliver them to residences using a route designed by the program. You will receive detailed driving and delivery directions – no preparation is necessary. Once your route is finished, you will return the supplies to the program site.
Delivery routes are designed to take no longer than one hour. For most people, it’s easy to deliver meals during the lunch hour.
Meals are generally delivered between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
As often as you would like! Many of our volunteers choose one day a week or one day a month to deliver meals. Commit to a frequency you are comfortable with, and you can always decide to deliver more often in the future.
Yes! Delivering meals is a great social activity that you can do with a friend or a larger group. It’s also common for church, social or workplace groups to organize delivery teams. Learn more about how to start a Workplace Delivery Team.
Even if you are volunteering alone, you can request to be paired with another volunteer for your route. If you’re a new volunteer, it can be helpful to go with someone who has delivered before.
With 35 delivery locations throughout the Twin Cities area, chances are there’s a program that’s close to your home or work.
Volunteers bring the meal to each recipient’s door. Part of the fun of delivering is visiting with recipients but it is important to keep visits brief enough for you to complete your route on time. If you find that your recipient needs additional help, you can contact your program coordinator.
While finding volunteers to fill delivery routes is our biggest need, there are other ways to get involved. Here’s a list of our other volunteer opportunities.
FAQs for Workplace Volunteer
It works best to designate a team leader who is the main point of contact and organizes your company’s delivery schedule. This person will act as a liaison between your company and Meals on Wheels staff.
Delivering meals is a fulfilling volunteer opportunity that requires minimal time spent away from the workplace and helps a trusted and well-respected organization that’s been serving Twin Cities communities for more than 40 years. It’s also a great team-building opportunity and some companies use delivering meals as an opportunity to connect current employees with retired employees who still volunteer.
Your route will involve about one hour of delivery time plus your time traveling to and from the meal pickup site.
Yes, most Workplace Delivery Teams work in groups of two so employees have the chance to work together.
The beauty of Workplace Delivery Teams is another team member can step in and sub for someone who can’t deliver. If you can’t fill the spot, contact your Meals on Wheels staff member ahead of time so they can make arrangements for additional help.
It only takes two to start! Workplace Delivery Teams may vary in size from two to 200 and you can add new employee volunteers at any time.
However often you would like—once a month, every other week, or every week! You might decide to start delivering once a month and deliver more if your schedule allows. We’ll work with you to establish a schedule that works for your company.
The delivery process takes an hour or less. With 35 delivery locations throughout the Twin Cities, you’ll be paired with one that’s close to your workplace.
Yes! We offer a number of resources that can be easily shared with others at your workplace:
- A Workplace Delivery Team Guide that covers how to start a team and how the delivery process works.
- A presentation on creating a Workplace Delivery Team
- A video on the benefits of starting a Workplace Delivery Team
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FAQs for Donors
Yes! Metro Meals on Wheels is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, making your donation 100 percent tax-deductible. You’ll receive a receipt when you complete your donation, which you should save for tax purposes.
Our Tax ID Number is 31-1501057.
Yes. When you submit an online donation, you’ll receive a receipt at the email address you provide. If you become a sustaining donor, you’ll receive a monthly receipt for your recurring donation.
Yes! At Metro Meals on Wheels, we strongly believe in sharing important information with our clients, donors and volunteers. View past annual reports and tax forms.
We work hard to be good stewards of our donors' contributions. We are proud to note that we have received the "Meets Standards" rating by the Charities Review Council. You can also view our annual report and financial statements on our reports page.