Minnesota Nonprofit Connects Seniors to Groceries

Betty Allen, 91, has vivid memories of what it took to put food on the table during the Great Depression.  She grew up in a farming family with eight brothers and one sister in central Mississippi. When the cotton fields were too wet to work, her dad would shoot rabbit. Her mom would fry it up and make a big pot of gravy.  “When I’m really hungry here, and get kind of down sometimes, I’ll just make a plate of gravy and biscuits,” Allen told Minnesota Public Radio . “Boy, they should put that on the medicine list.”  These days, Allen lives in senior housing in Wayzata, where she’s known by neighbors for her cooking — especially gravy.  Every Monday, the ingredients for her meals arrive at her apartment door in a bright green crate.  The groceries are delivered courtesy of a nonprofit group called Help At Your Door. Their mission is to help seniors live independently as long as possible. It’s the sort of service that may be increasingly in demand as the state’s population ages.


Grocery delivery day is an event for residents of Allen’s building. As soon as they see the bright green van pull up, Allen says people grab their walkers and head up to their apartments to wait for the deliveries.  “They treat us like we had just paid $100 for that box of groceries,” Allen said of the delivery drivers. “They’re hot and perspiring, and yet they take the time to make it good for us. It’s like a friend coming in.”  About 1,300 clients each week give Help At Your Door grocery lists or request other services. Some pay for the groceries outright, while others receive products from food banks. Payment depends on what the client can afford.

Source/more:  U.S. News and World Reports