How to get involved with Meals on Wheels this fall

Volunteer says goodbye after delivery

If you’re looking to get more involved with your community, now is a great time to learn more about volunteering with Meals on Wheels. As we head into the colder months, Twin Cities Meals on Wheels programs are looking for new volunteers to help with meal delivery.

Typically, the number of people being served grows during the winter because it’s more difficult for many folks to safely get out of the house to go grocery shopping. At the same time, many retired volunteers take a pause during the winter due to concerns about driving in the snow, or because they spend winters elsewhere. Some families who have been able to deliver during the summer are now busy with school activities.

Volunteer as an individual

Whether you are coming from home or your office, there’s likely a Meals on Wheels delivery site near you in the Twin Cities. Deliveries only take about an hour, and you can sign up to do it once a week or once a month – whatever’s the right amount for you.

You can learn more about delivering meals here. If you are ready to dedicate your lunch hour to bringing nutritious food to your neighbors, you can get started by signing up to volunteer.

Volunteer with a group or workplace

This a great option for workplaces whether you are back in the office or working virtually. Teams typically adopt a day of the week or the month so they can share delivery responsibilities with each other. This is a great option for community groups, too! Learn more about workplace delivery teams.

We’ll also be available to chat at these upcoming community events:

  • Fiesta Latina, (noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 797 East 7th St., St. Paul): Join us at CLUES to celebrate Latino Heritage Month and stop by to learn more about receiving meals, volunteering and other ways to get involved with Meals on Wheels.
  • University of Minnesota Community Engagement Fair (10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis): Open to everyone, we’ll be at the Community Engagement Fair to answer questions about volunteering for Meals on Wheels.
  • Open Streets Lyndale (11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, South Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis): TRUST Meals on Wheels will be on hand to share information about all things Meals on Wheels.

Watch this video to learn more about how delivering meals brings joy to both recipients and volunteers: