Celebrating Disability Pride Month

Russell and Evelyn, Meals on Wheels recipients

Disability Pride Month is celebrated each July, in part to commemorate the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. Meals on Wheels is proud to serve people with disabilities who rely on nutritious meals to help them live independently.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that up to 1 in 4 Americans live with a disability. That number increases for older adults, as 45 percent of Minnesotans 75+ report having at least one disability.

Advocating Change Together (ACT) will host the Disability Pride Festival on Thursday, July 18, to celebrate disability culture, community and pride at the Minnesota State Capitol. We join everyone in celebrating the disability community and their contributions to our society.

Proud to serve those with disabilities

Meals on Wheels serves adults of all ages with disabilities. Anyone with a disability that makes meal prep difficult can sign up and pay for meals. There are also a number of programs that cover the cost of meal delivery for people with disabilities.

The State of Minnesota’s Brain Injury (BI), Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) and Development Disabilities (DD) waiver programs may cover the cost of meals for eligible individuals. People with access to these programs should talk with their case manager or care coordinator about signing up for Meals on Wheels if they could benefit from meals delivered to their homes.

Learn more about Medicare and Medicaid waivered services that can help pay for meals. You can also give us a call at 612-623-3363 or sign up for meal delivery on our website.

Flexible delivery options

While Meals on Wheels offers daily hot meal delivery, we know that not everyone can be home during the lunch hour each day to receive their meal. We also offer weekly frozen meal delivery that can be ideal for those with busier schedules.

This option can be especially helpful for adults with disabilities who are working or have regular commitments throughout the week. You can see our weekly frozen menu here.

Celebrating volunteers

We’re also thankful for the many groups of adults with disabilities who regularly volunteer with Meals on Wheels! Those interested in a regular group volunteer activities can learn more about starting a Workplace Delivery Team here.

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