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CES Food Programs

Meals on Wheels

MOW is an important solution to those in need of nutritional and social support, many of whom are homebound.

Ani-Meals Program

Meals on Wheels (MOW) realized that some clients were giving up a share of their delivered food to feed their companions.

Home Delivery

Home delivery is designed for our neighbors in the Phillips area who are low income and unable to physically visit the food pantry.

Food Shelf

Our neighborhood food shelf is a SuperShelf food program, meaning we strive to offer a wide variety of fresh and healthy food options.

Meals on Wheels (MOW)

MOW is an important solution to those in need of nutritional and social support, many of whom are homebound. We serve over 360 people daily in the inner city areas of South and North Minneapolis with a smile and a prepared, nutritious, hot noon meal or frozen meals delivered weekly to our most active clients. 

Our MOW meal delivery program:

  • Operates Monday through Friday
  • To homebound seniors and, in some cases, physically disabled non-seniors
  • Delivered by volunteers, many directly to the clients’ door
  • Offers a well check and daily contact to many who are isolated
  • Builds community and a sense of connection
  • We have over 275 dedicated individuals, most from downtown corporations and congregations, who make this service to homebound seniors possible. We welcome anyone who is interested in helping to serve the community in this way.
  • If you or someone you know is interested in Meals On Wheels:

Ani-Meals

Meals on Wheels (MOW) realized that some clients were giving up a share of their delivered food to feed their companions. This meant seniors were going hungry, as well as animals, were not receiving their proper nutrition. Many MOW clients are homebound and spend much of their time in virtual isolation; having a beloved pet helps relieve loneliness and provides valuable companionship.

The Ani-Meals program began in 2016 and supported by a grant from Meals On Wheels of America as well as donations from volunteers and organizations. Pet food needs include “small bites” of dry dog food and canned cat food. Donating cash helps us buy specific foods and provide vaccines.

  • Recipients must be enrolled in the MOW or Home Delivery program
  • Deliveries are made by volunteers once a month on Saturdays to over 80 people
  • The service is fully funded through grants, business and individual donations
  • In addition to food, pets may receive health services such as vaccines, exams, and spaying/neutering
  • Great volunteer opportunity for familes

Home Delivery

Home Delivery is designed for our neighbors in the Phillips area who are low income and unable to physically visit the food pantry. Food is delivered free of charge, once a month. The food is hand selected based on the neighbor’s need and consists of canned and boxed non-perishable, produce, meat and dairy products. In this collaborative effort, CES offers neighbors the food and the volunteer power to “shop” for our neighbors in the food pantry.

  • Clients are screened for qualification by CES Home Delivery staff.
  • In order to qualify for CES’ Home Delivery service, recipients must be a senior and have limited access to the community.
  • Younger individuals with disabilities may also qualify.
  • The total household income must be no more than twice the federal poverty level.
  • Qualifying homebound clients receive, on average, 30 pounds of groceries and hygiene items per month.
  •  Volunteer shoppers, many of whom come from partner congregations, “shop” each order individually, according to a “Client Choice” grocery list.
  •  Deliveries are made eleven days per month and groceries are brought directly into the client’s kitchen if needed.
  • Throughout the process, clients receive excellent one-on-one customer service.

Food Shelf

Our neighborhood food shelf is a SuperShelf food program, meaning we strive to offer a wide variety of fresh and healthy food options in a welcoming environment for you and your family. We operate on a client-choice model, meaning you get to “shop” for the foods that you enjoy and that are best for your family’s food needs.

The food shelf is available to families and individuals once a month. More information on Visiting the Food Shelf.