For many neighbors in our community one of the most valuable aspects to their overall health is having a nutritious meal. Unfortunately, for many, a warm, healthy meal is not part of their day. Impact Services’ Meals on Wheels services fill that gap by serving a hot lunch – one of the reasons our neighbors are able to stay in their home.
The meal we provide is just the start of what Meals on Wheels provides for our neighbors at nutritional risk. From what we’ve seen, the wellness check and friendly conversation provided by our volunteers is just as important. For the individual receiving Meals on Wheels, it helps them feel connected to the community. For loved ones, they know the person they care about is all right.
Impact Services provides Meals on Wheels services to twenty-three communities in Anoka and Hennepin County. We serve our neighbors at nutritional risk:
- People unable to cook for themselves
- People unable to grocery shop for food
- People at risk of harm to self, others or structures if they were to cook
People at nutritional risk include senior citizens, people with disabilities, people with mental health concerns, people recovering from a medical procedure, pregnant women on bed rest, and family dealing with an ill loved one. Meals on Wheels can be a long-term resource to help keep people in their homes, or a short-term need to help through a medical crisis.