CEAP Merges with Crystal Meals on Wheels Program
Two local food assistance programs have merged to fill the growing hunger need in the community. The Meals on Wheels program, offered by Brooklyn Center-based CEAP, will join forces with Crystal nonprofit Northwest Suburban Dinner at Your Door.
The two programs combined serve up to 260 people a day. The merger would make it the third largest Meals on Wheels provider in Minnesota.
The new name for the joint program will be called Meals on Wheels: North Suburban Hennepin County.
“We know in these times that seniors and people at homes need us more,” said Clare Brumback, the CEAP president. “We need to protect our vulnerable populations. We feel by joining forces we can be stronger together.”
Eventually, CEAP may adopt day-to-day coordination operations for the Crystal-based Dinner at Your Door program. In the short term, CEAP will oversee the program’s finances and provide governance for combined programs.
“We’re really focusing on building capacity,” Brumback explained. “How do we continue to serve everyone that needs us and serve in a way that’s cost efficient and also time efficient and have best quality meals to people that will enjoy them..”
In the next six months, Brumback expects the capacity for service to grow by 50 percent.