The Meals on Wheels (MOW) program in Anoka County began in February 1973. The Reverend James McChesney, pastor of the Fridley United Methodist Church, called a meeting of the local churches and community organizations. Sixteen people, each representing a church or organization attended. The rest is history.
When the service started in July of 1973, meals were priced at $1.10 and the service was extended to the communities of Fridley, Blaine, Spring Lake Park, Columbia Heights, Hilltop, New Brighton and Mounds View. Eve Frank has been director for the Fridley program since June 1975. Her tireless and unselfish devotion to the program makes it the success it is today.
Fran Beaudry, who started as a driver for St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, served as treasurer and was the coordinator for both Fridley and Coon Rapids-Blaine Meals on Wheels when the programs separated. Fran received the WCCO Good Neighbor Award in 1987.
Due to the increase of clients at the Fridley MOW, expansion was necessary. In January 1980, Coon Rapids-Blaine Meals on Wheels was born. We started with four routes, which was the overflow from the Fridley Meals on Wheels. We now have twelve routes and seven community organizations coordinating drivers to deliver those meals each and every day. We have approximately 250 volunteers delivering around 550 meals a week.
Coon Rapids-Blaine Meals on Wheels is located in the Camilia Rose building in Coon Rapids. Our board has eight members with Jeremy Beer as the Administrator.