Twin Cities Meals on Wheels programs have adapted delivery practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic knowing that many of the people we serve are at higher risk for complications from the virus. We also know that many seniors and people with disabilities are relying on services like Meals on Wheels even more heavily now that getting out of the house to get groceries comes with elevated exposure risk.
Meals on Wheels is not alone in adapting practices to get food to people in need during the pandemic. Other hunger relief resources and agencies have also adapted the way they do business to help keep the people they serve safe.
Food shelves going mobile and adapting pickup
Local food shelves have stepped up mobile food shelf operations while some also offer delivery services for vulnerable community members. Many food shelves have also adapted pickup practices to ensure individuals don’t have to enter the building. You can find a food shelf near you here along with contact information.
SNAP/EBT for grocery delivery
Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) can now use their EBT cards to purchase groceries online from Walmart and Amazon. You can use your EBT card to pay for home delivery where that service is offered. You can learn more about purchasing food online with EBT benefits here.
In addition, Help at Your Door is a nonprofit that provides grocery delivery service to seniors and people with disabilities and also accepts SNAP benefits. You can learn more about their services here.
Community meal programs have also adapted to providing to-go meals. Loaves and Fishes hosts dining sites throughout the metro that offer to-go meals. See where your nearest to-go community meal site is.
If you or someone you know is at elevated risk of complications from COVID-19 and could benefit from the delivery of Meals on Wheels, you can sign up here.