Meals on Wheels provides a nutritous meal delivered by a neighborhood volunteer that helps people live independently.
Keeping Neighbors Living in their Home
Many homebound elderly and adults with disabilities are fragile and vulnerable, and most struggle to prepare a nutritious meal on their own. Meals on Wheels can help! Locally prepared meals are delivered by a neighborhood volunteer. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, Keystone Meals on Wheels is currently delivering frozen meals weekly rather than hot meals daily. Keystone’s Meals on Wheels program is all about choice and friendly service.
Volunteers make this program special
Volunteering for Meals on Wheels is a meaningful experience for volunteers and your time has a profound impact on homebound seniors. Volunteers can help pack meals or deliver meals to the door at lunchtime, Monday through Friday.
All meals are low-sodium and diabetic friendly, and we can accommodate special diets and preferences. During the pandemic, we are serving meals designed by dieticians and professional chefs from a menu that changes quarterly.
Keystone’s Meals on Wheels is more than just a meal. We have dedicated volunteers from the community who personally deliver the meals and oftentimes will stay for a chat. All volunteers are required to wear masks and social distance while delivering to ensure everyone’s safety, and we currently doing contactless delivery for the safety of our volunteers and seniors. This friendly visit by a caring volunteer not only reduces isolation, but the visit is also an important safety check for some of our frail seniors. We have countless stories of the volunteers noticing the customer doesn’t “seem themselves” and actions taken that have led to life saving measures.
A Keystone Added Value Service
We believe helping a senior remain living in their home is an essential part of our work. That is why we offer a home visit for new Meals on Wheels customers. During the COVID pandemic, home visits are being conducted over the phone. This intake visit is a free home visit with an experienced staff member who will check to see how the program is working for the customer, answer any questions about the program and discuss other community resources that might be of assistance. This might include making referrals to our other senior programs or help finding transportation, home care or companion services.
Why Choose Meals on Wheels?
Meals on Wheels offers great food and flexibility. The connection to community volunteers and Keystone staff makes this program truly unique. The cost of Meals on Wheels is based on a sliding fee scale.
To learn more or to sign up to receive Meals on Wheels, please call Metro Meals on Wheels at 612-623-3363 and they will find the provider in your neighborhood. For basic information, call Keystone’s senior services staff at 651-645-7424 or 651-298-5493.
People who are unable to regularly prepare nutritious meals for themselves or simply can benefit from the delivery of a satisfying meal
People recovering from injury or illness. Meals can be ordered on a short-term or long-term basis
Anyone who could benefit from the social connections provided by delivery volunteers
Note: Meals on Wheels is open to people of all ages, not just adults over 65
great food and choices
Convenient delivery – meals are delivered weekly by a friendly volunteer. Everyone decides what works best for them.
Meal choices – meals are prepared locally and fresh without preservatives. We can accommodate most special diets and offer countless options. Some of our dietary options include vegetarian, pureed, gluten free and lactose free. All meals are diabetic-friendly and low-sodium.
The health and safety of Keystone employees, volunteers and participants is a top priority for us and throughout the pandemic Keystone has followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidance to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep everyone safe.
New guidance from the CDC states that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks inside or outside. The State of MN and now the City of Saint Paul have lifted mask mandates. Due to these changes and following guidance from the CDC, Keystone will no longer require that masks be worn by anyone coming into our sites. However, following CDC guidance, we strongly recommend face masks are worn by anyone at a Keystone site who is not fully vaccinated. We also support anyone who wants to wear a mask while working, volunteering, or participating at a Keystone site.