The Vital Role of Volunteers

Meals on Wheels of Ramsey County delivers over 700 meals each day! This would not be possible without the help of our volunteers. In addition to the many individuals who volunteer on their own, hundreds more participate through organizations where they are employed or are members, such as businesses, government entities, schools, civic and retiree groups, and congregations.

Be a Life Link

Meals on Wheels volunteers are a life link to the greater community for meals recipients, many of whom are unable to experience the world outside their homes. The bright smiles and friendly greetings from the delivery volunteer are as nourishing as the meals. Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity that fits into busy lives? Meals on Wheels delivery may be for you! It’s easy, fun and only takes about an hour.

Volunteers are active in delivering many other services to seniors in Ramsey County. To learn more, go to the Member Agencies page to find the program serving your community.

What’s Involved

Volunteers deliver meals once a week, every other week, or once a month. They may go alone, or with a partner. Volunteers go to their neighborhood Meals on Wheels site to pick up a carrier of meals. Following the route directions, they deliver meals to 10-12 people and return the carrier to the site. It takes about an hour. Delivery is midday, Monday through Friday. A car, valid driver’s license, and current auto insurance are necessary. Training and assistance are provided.

Form a Team

A team of 4 or more people from a workplace, church, school, club, or community organization may be formed to deliver meals. Using teams, delivery responsibility is rotated; each pair of volunteers delivers meals once a month. Teams provide flexibility, built-in substitutes, a common bond, and a “working together” experience.

How To Volunteer

Last year, more than 2,000 volunteers provided over 35,000 hours of their time to deliver meals to seniors in Ramsey County. This translates to a cost savings of over $700,000.