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Mankato Clinic Foundation grant will provide Meals on Wheels to low-income seniors

Thanks to the Mankato Clinic Foundation (MCF), Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s (LSS) Senior Nutrition service will provide hot, nutritious meals to local older adults who have difficulty leaving their homes or cooking. A grant totaling $3,000 from MCF will help seniors with low incomes cover the costs of LSS home-delivered and congregate meals. 

“We are thrilled to receive this award from the Mankato Clinic Foundation,” said Vanessa Mack, assistant director for LSS. “Our services are critically important to ensuring that older adults have the social and nutritional support they need to remain living at home longer, stay healthy, active and as independent as possible.”

LSS provides a variety of low-cost meals through its many dining centers, Diner’s Clubs at local restaurants and Meals On Wheels personal delivery. More than a meal, the service allows older adults to stay connected to their community through social interaction with their peers. New menus each month feature a range of cuisines, such as Chicken Chow Mein, Swedish Meatballs, Paprika Potatoes and Fruit Crisp. 

Statewide, LSS provides noon meals in 168 dining centers and serves almost a million meals each year to seniors living in 39 counties in northwestern, southwestern and south-central Minnesota. The funds from MCF will help support Senior Nutrition programs in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties.

“We believe that Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is doing important work in the communities they serve,” the Mankato Clinic Foundation stated in its award letter. “We are proud that we are able to support the organization in its efforts to improve health and wellness of older adults.”

The Mankato Clinic Foundation provides grants once a quarter to promote and improve community health and wellness in the communities they serve. The physicians at the Mankato Clinic provide the majority of the Foundation funding as a means to give back to the community. Grants are awarded quarterly and applications are available at

About Lutheran Social Serviceof Minnesota

Lutheran Social Service supports one in 65 Minnesotans through its services for children and youth, counseling to restore health and wellness in families, community living options for people with disabilities and options that help older adults experience independence and abundant aging. For more information, please visit

About the Mankato ClinicFoundation

The mission of the Mankato Clinic Foundation is to encourage and support the health and well-being of our community through initiatives that promote and improve community wellness. Annual initiatives made possible by the Mankato Clinic Foundation include community grants, scholarships for students pursuing careers in health, Project Kindness and Partnership in Health in Greater Mankato Schools.