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. Meal options and frequency of delivery can be tailored to meet an individual’s schedule and dietary needs. 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.
Each month a new menu is created that provides meals that are thoughtfully selected for taste and nutrition. Special diets and preferences are carefully tracked by our staff to ensure every meal is a favorite. Customers are also able to select from a variety of delivery options including the days of the week for meal delivery and whether the meal is delivered hot, chilled or frozen for later heating.
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. 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. 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.
Keystone is a member of Metro Meals on Wheels, the organization who organizes the team that provides the services throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Call Metro Meals on Wheels at 612-623-3363 with questions or to register to receive Meals on Wheels. 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
great food and choices
Convenient delivery – meals can be delivered daily, a few days a week or a pack of meals once a week to be reheated at home. 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, low sodium, low fat, diabetic, kosher, pureed, gluten free and lactose free.
Meet Lillian, a Keystone Meals on Wheels Participant
Lillian enjoys the daily visit by Meals on Wheels volunteers
Born in Mississippi in 1939, Lillian grew up picking cotton as the child of tenant farmers. As a young woman, she moved north to St. Paul where she worked as a housekeeper and raised six sons. Health problems led to an early retirement, so she went back to school and earned her high school diploma at age 61.
Today, Lillian, 78, enjoys friends and activities in her senior hi-rise. But the highlight of each weekday, she says, is the visit of Keystone Meals on Wheels volunteers who come to her door.
“I just love the volunteers,” she said. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to get these meals. It’s hard to get out to shop and I can’t cook much anymore. Meals on Wheels is very important and I am very thankful for it.”
As you know, the Governor Walz issued an Executive Order directing Minnesotans to “Stay At Home” through April 10th. Keystone is an “essential” business and is part of the Twin Cities’ critical sector response to COVID-19. With this information, we will continue to operate our food shelf, crisis services, meals on wheels and case management programs that support our most vulnerable residents in St. Paul. The executive order also defines “workers” and “personnel” as employees, contractors, vendors and volunteers. This clearly allows our dedicated and wonderful volunteers to continue serving at Keystone during this time. We will have more limited staff in our buildings but remain committed to offering vital support to those who need it.
Programs that are available to the community:
Meals on Wheels deliveries are continuing and staff are modifying operations to ensure safety of the staff, participants and volunteers.
Food shelf operations, including Foodmobile distributions, have been modified to ensure the safety of staff, participants and volunteers but are open Monday – Friday to provide vital food support to people in the community.
Express Bike Shop is open for service repair only. In accordance with the Minnesota stay at home guidelines, bicycle repair shops have been identified as an essential service. To limit person to person contact we ask that you call ahead 651-644-9660 to schedule a bike service repair appointment. Full information is available at exbike.com.
Our youth afterschool programs and active senior programs are canceled as well as any large gatherings in our community centers. AARP Tax Assistance is also canceled until further notice.
We are actively monitoring the situation and will implement any additional strategies when necessary. Stay tuned for updates as things are rapidly changing.
How you can help:
You might be wondering how you can help neighbors during this uncertain time. Here are the top ways you can support your community today:
Give food and household items to keep our food shelves stocked. Click here to see our most needed items and where you can drop off your contributions.
Your time supporting vulnerable people in our community is needed more than ever. Sign up today.
We are so grateful for your care and support!
Healthand Safety Precautions during this time
As you know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly evolving. We are relying on facts to inform thoughtful decision-making in an ever-evolving situation. Keystone is committed to providing services in safe, healthy environments for all of our participants, volunteers, and staff. During this time of heightened awareness, we are maintaining our thorough cleaning and food safety standards and expanding them as necessary.