South Minneapolis Meals on Wheels (SMMOW) is a nonprofit program that delivers a nutritious noontime meal, Monday through Friday, to eligible clients. The Tangletown Neighborhood is one of the neighborhoods served by SMMOW. Patrons generally have difficulty with meal preparation because of illness or limited mobility.
Meals consist of a hot entrée (meat or fish, potato or pasta, vegetable), salad, dessert (usually fruit), bread, and milk. They can be prepared to meet a client’s dietary needs, such as diabetic or low salt. The cost is $4.75 per meal.
SMMOW has existed since 1973 and is supported by over 20 local churches. Drivers are volunteers from member churches.
Meals on Wheels is more than a food-delivery program. It also serves as a safety check for clients. Drivers alert the program coordinator if a client cannot be accounted for or if a client seems to be experiencing any difficulty. In some instances, emergency personnel may be called.
For some clients, the Meals on Wheels driver is the only personal contact they have during the day. Don S., for example, an elderly widower, waits by the door for the driver to arrive and is always eager to chat.
If you, a family member, or a neighbor would benefit from this program, please call SMMOW’s coordinator, Pat Bolstad, at 721-5487.