Meals on Wheels Programs in Ramsey County Partnering with the Kitchen of Opportunities
“It is wonderful to receive a hot, nutritious meal that I can depend on, and delivered with a smile”, says Judith, a Meals on Wheels recipient in St. Paul. By the beginning of 2018, Meals on Wheels programs throughout Ramsey County will be getting food prepared by the Meals on Wheels Kitchen of Opportunities, the first kitchen dedicated to serving Meals on Wheels recipients throughout the Twin Cities.
Metro Meals on Wheels has contracted with Open Arms of Minnesota to oversee meal production at the new Meals on Wheels kitchen. The Kitchen of Opportunities partners with local Meals on Wheels providers to offer high-quality meals and make meals more accessible to those who need them most.
“We are really excited for this new opportunity to increase our quality of meals with a focus on fresh ingredients and from-scratch recipes whenever possible,” says Denise Wickiser, Program Manager at the Senior Services Consortium of Ramsey County, a network of eight Meals on Wheels providers in the east metro. “This change also allows us to be more responsive to client preferences in a cost-effective way, which will help us serve more meals.” Wickiser also serves on Metro Meals on Wheels Kitchen Advisory Committee, joining other Meals on Wheels colleagues and supporters throughout the Twin Cities to assist in developing future goals of the Meals on Wheels kitchen.
With the help of over 2,000 east metro volunteers, Meals on Wheels programs in Ramsey County serve both hot meals and frozen meals to recipients, depending on their needs, along with a friendly visit. “I can’t say enough about the volunteers who bring me my meals. I call them my angels,” says Judith. To enroll in Meals on Wheels, call 651-318-9091 or go to meals-on-wheels.com.