Like many other organizations, most Meals on Wheels locations are closed for regular holidays. While most of our clients have the option to get cold meals delivered for use during those days, we often get calls asking about volunteer opportunities, as well as hot meal delivery.
If you’re looking for a fun volunteer opportunity for your family over the holidays, or would like a hot meal, here are a few options:
- Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels. 651-699-5404.
This program is independent of Meals on Wheels programs that provide regular meals and strictly focuses on serving Thanksgiving meals once a year. Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels prepares meals consisting of turkey, dressing, potatoes, peas, corn, cranberries, rolls, pumpkin pie and milk for families in need and delivers those meals to their homes on Thanksgiving Day. This service is available to all who need it – not just seniors. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
- Volunteers Enlisted to Serve People (VEAP). 952-888-9616, www.veapvolunteers.org/services/food-program
VEAP’s Holiday Meals program delivers hot meals, donated by local restaurants and congregations, to homebound low- and fixed-income seniors and disabled adults on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. These deliveries not only provide a hot meal on the holiday, but also a friendly visit. Registration for this program ends Nov. 20.
- Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly. 612-746-0724, www.littlebrothersmn.org
Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly is an organization that connects volunteers with older adults. As part of those activities, they host gatherings at various locations in the Twin Cities during both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Call or visit their website for specific activities in your neighborhood.
While these are special holiday programs, we’re always in need of volunteers to deliver meals throughout the year. You can sign up to deliver meals quickly and easily on our website and you can deliver as often as you’d like! If you, or a loved one, are in need of regular meals, you can sign up online as well.