These are the most commonly asked questions about receiving Meals on Wheels. For a printable option, please download our Receiving Meals Brochure.
Who makes the meals?
Each program site gets their meals from a variety of places - most are from a hospital, school district,
or nursing home where the program is located. Some programs use a caterer like Open Arms or Augustana Care Corporation.
When are meals delivered?
Meals are delivered Monday through Friday, between 11am and 1pm. Clients who would like weekend meals are provided extra cold meals on Thursdays and Fridays to use on the weekends.
How much do meals cost?
On average, each meal costs between $4.00-$6.00. For those who cannot afford the cost, financial assistance may be available.
How does someone qualify to receive meals?
Generally, if someone is unable to prepare a nutritious meal, and they are elderly, homebound, or disabled, they qualify.
For more information on qualification, contact your local program by using our interactive map
How do I get signed up to receive meals?
Use the interactive map
to locate your neighborhood program or call us at 612-623-3363
and we can help!
Do you cater to special diets?
Most programs can accommodate restricted diets (low-salt, diabetic, renal, low-fat). There are a few programs that specialize in Kosher and Asian meals.
There is also a Program for Special Populations
that focuses on meals specifically for clients with ALS, MS, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS.
Can I receive meals for a short period of time?
Yes, our programs serve short-term clients who have been recently discharged from the hospital and/or are recovering from surgery or illness. You can receive meals for as long as needed. You can coordinate this with your local Meals on Wheels program.
How can I get meals if I can't afford the cost?
Contact your local Meals on Wheels program by using our interactive map
They can help you determine if you qualify for assistance.