Meals on Wheels with CEAP delivers hot and nutritious meals to home-bound elderly and disabled people in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Camden neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Why is September Meals on Wheels month?
“The reason why we decided to celebrate Meals on Wheels this month is because some really kind of alarming statistics came to our awareness, that the proportion of seniors, of people over 65 in our community is just continuing to rise but funding is not going up alongside that for programs like meals on wheels ,” said Paige Myers, CEAP Communications and Events Manager.
There are 14 routes every day for the volunteer drivers to drive.
“If you like to drive and get out on icy roads in the winter, come on down. Some of the times, it’s a bit of a challenge, but for the most part, it’s good people,” said Meals on Wheels Volunteer Evon Brownlee.
Over 600 meals are delivered every week by volunteers.
For residents, Meals on Wheels volunteers are the first points of contact for the day.
“From a numerical point of view, we delivered 33,000 meals last year, and that’s not just 33,000 meals but that’s 33,000 points of interaction, which for some of our senior neighbors, that is the only human interaction that they get in a day. So having a volunteer come to their doors with a hot meal, that has a third of their recommended intake of nutrients and sharing a nice conversation, asking them how they’re doing,” said Myers.
CEAP also has an office in Blaine that serves Anoka County.