Families struggling to put food on the table due to COVID-19 can get meals delivered to them free through a new Ramsey County program.

Five local partners are working with the county, using CARES Act funding, to deliver meals to county residents who have difficulty leaving their homes to shop.

“Many of our families are hurting due to COVID-19 — especially those with mobility and cultural barriers to regularly accessing food and basic needs,” said Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, who leads the county’s Food and Basic Needs Working Group. “We expect this program to safely provide healthy, nutritious meals to hundreds of our residents who need them most.”

The community partners are Senior Services Consortium of Ramsey County (Meals on Wheels), Open Arms of MN, Karing Neighbor, Fairview Health Services and Afro Deli and Grill.

Applicants are encouraged to review each partner’s options which include medically tailored, vegetarian, culturally specific, and Halal-only meals at ramseycounty.us/HomeMealDelivery or by calling providers directly.

Each community partner will screen applicants based on common county-established criteria. Help is available in multiple languages as well. Applicants will be required to provide information about their participation in the program through interviews and surveys with county staff.

“We’re happy for the opportunity and challenge to adapt our business and kitchen in service of our neighbors in this time of need,” said Abdirahman Kahin, owner of Afro Deli and Grill. “Through our Feeding Community Initiative, we will make sure those who have lost personal connections and have been increasingly isolated due to the pandemic are not forgotten.”

Up to $1.9 million in meals will be provided based on demand throughout 2020. All providers will follow public health guidelines. Home meal delivery is one of several programs funded by Ramsey County Investment and Support Efforts (ramseycounty.us/RISE) through the federal CARES Act.

Need food, but can’t get to the store due to COVID hardships? Ramsey County has a free meal delivery program for you – Twin Cities

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