NUTRITION SERVICES, INC. COVID-19 RESPONSE
We have been working with local and state health care organizations to provide our staff and volunteers information on how to stay healthy and what to do if they become sick. We have a back-up plan developed for each community if our staff or volunteers become sick so services will be able to continue. Drivers drop off meals outside doors to be picked up by those receiving them so no physical contact is made.
Congregate dining shut down at all locations in March, as the Governor of Minnesota directed. In July some restaurants where NSI provides service did open back up and are allowing congregate dining with safety measures put in place. Please contact us if you are interested in knowing which sites are allowing congregate dining. The senior centers where we have commercial kitchens or satellite meals continue to remain closed to congregate dining at this time but still provide home-delivered, pick up or take out meals. Please contact that site if you are in need of any of these services. Volunteers continue to step up and the community support continues to be amazing!
With direction from the Minnesota Board on Aging, Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging and local health departments, we have adjusted our services. We have implemented the following services so seniors, in our service area, can continue to get the meals they need:
1. Congregate diners can come to the centers to pick up their meals. If they are unable to pick them up, we will deliver them to their homes.
2. Home Delivered Meal recipients will continue to get meals delivered to them as they have in the past.
3. Between 2-5 frozen meals have been offered to be used in case of an emergency.
4. We are offering 2 meals per day for those who request them.
NUTRITION SERVICES, INC. STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
All staff and volunteers are committed to providing the much-needed services we offer!
We will get through this and get back to our normal services soon.