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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota partners with St. James-Mayo Clinic Health System on meal service for older patients

AgStar Fund for Rural America supports older adults living in rural Watonwan County

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) received a $10,000 grant from AgStar Fund for Rural America to launch an innovative pilot project with the Mayo Clinic Health System designed to ensure safety and wellness for older adults recovering from illness or surgery.  

Through the initiative, Lutheran Social Service will provide 10 hot or frozen nutritionally balanced meals to approximately 100 patients, age 60 or older, following discharge from St. James Hospital. Additional grant funds will provide resources for Lutheran Social Service volunteers to offer a vital safety check with each home delivery to older adults recovering at home.

According to a 2016 LSS Senior Nutrition customer survey, 80% of seniors count on their noon meal from LSS as their main meal for the day and 54% of older adults report that their visits to the hospital have decreased significantly since receiving meals from LSS.

“We are so grateful to AgStar Fund for Rural America for supporting our work to ensure the health and wellness of older adults,” said Sarah Anderson, assistant director for LSS. “This award will make it easier for older adults to receive the support they need for a safe recovery and will reduce stress on caregivers who have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones have access to what they need to recover well.”

For more than 40 years, the service has supported older adults’ wishes to live healthier, more active and independent lives by providing affordable, nutritionally-balanced meals and opportunities for socializing with others.  

LSS Senior Nutrition is funded under contract by the Area Agency on Aging with funding from the Older Americans Act through the Minnesota Board on Aging. Additional funds are provided by the State of Minnesota, United Way, local communities, and contributions from participants.

About Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing. Today, with 2,300 employees and 8,000 volunteers, Lutheran Social Service helps one in 65 Minnesotans each year live and work in a community with safety, dignity, and hope. Through a wide range of services, the organization seeks to provide safety and supportive homes for children, counseling to restore health and wellness in families, community living for people with disabilities, and options that help seniors experience independence and abundant aging. For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, please visit

About AgStar Fund for Rural America 
In 2001 the AgStar Fund for Rural America was created. Since its inception this corporate giving program has donated over $6 million to organizations in rural communities that work to improve quality of life through education, technology or the environment. Visit to learn more.