Food Shelf Programs
Meals on Wheels (MOW)
Community Emergency Service Meals On Wheels (MOW) is an important solution to both short term emergency and long term living situations and hunger facing many people in the community. It is designed to deliver a prepared, nutritious, hot noon meal—Monday through Friday—to homebound seniors and, in some cases, physically disabled non-seniors who are unable to manage their own meal preparation.
In the last year, our Meals On Wheels program began serving homebound seniors a hot or frozen meal in the Loring Nicollet and North Minneapolis areas in addition to the Phillips neighborhood. We serve 325 people daily, which makes us the largest MOW program in Minneapolis.
Our meals are delivered mostly by volunteers. We have over 500 dedicated individuals, most from downtown corporations and congregations, who make this service to homebound seniors possible. They deliver a hot nutritious meal and a warm and friendly face!
CES Choice Meals, a weekly frozen meal plan, offers more scheduling flexibility to our most active Meals on Wheels clients. Referrals also are made to other food shelves and CES's own Home Delivery, a new program that serves low income MOW's people who can't get out "to shop" for themselves.
Volunteers are the Backbone:
Volunteers deliver most of the meals right to clients' doors. Daily contact is important to those with little connection to the world outside their home. Committed to delivering more than a meal, we hope, in a small way, to build a sense of connection and community. Volunteers also benefit from serving the community through this program. Once a week, or once a month; alone, with a friend, or work associates; this activity feeds the body and soul.
Many volunteers are needed to ensure that every senior on every route receives their meals.
- volunteers are needed from both businesses and individuals
- meals are delivered Monday through Friday at the noontime hour
- many of our volunteers come through their companies which are committed to serving certain days
- individuals call and schedule times directly with MOW
If you are interested in helping MOW by volunteering, please call at (612)870-6121. The MOW staff would be happy to get you started.