Merrick Community Services’ Senior Program is dedicated to providing services that enable area seniors to remain independent and to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. Merrick works hard to provide the following services to help seniors on the East Side:

Meals on Wheels

MOW Delivery
Operated out of 1669 Arcade Street N., Saint Paul MN 55106
To sign up for meals, please call 651-287-2092 or email

Meals on Wheels of Ramsey County is a non-profit organization that delivers nutritious midday meals to people who are elderly or disabled, homebound, and unable to prepare their own meals. Priority is given to people age 60 or older looking for a hot daily meal, individuals who have a permanent or temporary illness, injury, or disability and people age 18-60 who are certified disabled through the State of Minnesota.

Our meals are delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday between 10:30am – 12:30pm. Each month, we send out a menu with a variety of options to choose from.  Weekend meals are available as well as frozen meals that are delivered on Mondays. The cost per meal is based on a sliding fee scale.

Senior Mobile Distribution

Packing Lunches Students CasualMobile distributions take place the first Tuesday and Thursday of each month between 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Participants are able to receive between 30-35 pounds of food, which includes fresh produce, milk, bread and meat. Participants need to be 55 years of age or older and must fill out an application for the program. Please contact the senior program for more information as there is currently a waiting list for new applicants.
Distribution Locations:
  • Harding High School Rm. 15 & 16 located at 1526 E 6th Street distributed first Tuesday of the month from 1pm – 2pm 
  • Hope Church at 1340 Hazel St. North distributed first Thursday of the month from 1pm – 2pm

Social Groups

Seniors Posing KitchenTaking place at 1669 Arcade Street N., Saint Paul MN 55106
For more information,  call 651-287-2092 or email

The Merrick Senior Group gathers each Wednesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the new Merrick Community Center. Staying active as you age is good for the mind, body and soul! There is overwhelming evidence that shows the importance of staying active and socially connected in your golden years. Seniors 65+ are welcome to join activities such as games, exercise, crafts, guest speakers, musical entertainment, luncheons and trips. We hope to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment where people can enjoy warm friendships, healthy activities, and meaningful engagement as they age. Come check us out!

Senior Referral Services
Looking for help for a senior parent, relative, neighbor? Call  651-287-2092 or email

Merrick’s senior referral services help point you in the direction you need to go.  If our agency doesn’t provide the service, senior staff can tell you who does.

Need Help with the cost of your Home Delivered Meals?  

If you are interested in seeing if you qualify for services through Ramsey County, please call the Ramsey County Senior Department at (651) 266-3613

Senior LinkAge Line®  Help is closer than you think!   1-800-333-2433

Senior LinkAge Line® is a free telephone information and assistance service, which makes it easy for older adults and their families to find community services. With a single call, people can find particular services near them or get help evaluating their situation to determine what kind of service might be helpful.

Information and Assistance Specialists direct callers to the organizations in their area that provide the services in which they are interested. Specialists can conduct three-way calls and offer follow-up as needed.

Specialists are trained health and human service professionals. They offer objective, neutral information about senior service and housing options.

Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS)
CDCS allows the consumer to be in charge of the service of the services helping them remain at home. This option is similar to the other waiver programs, however, it allows the consumer more choices and involvement with their own care. You can use CDCS if you qualify for programs such as EW, AC, CADI, Title III, or MSHO.

Other programs

senior-giving-a-hugOther programs include Utility (Energy Assistance) and Telephone Assistance programs, MN Supplemental Assistance (MSA), Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI), Food Support Program (food stamps) and rent or subsidized housing assistance.

Our senior programs depend heavily on the services of volunteers.
Home-delivered meals and chores are supported greatly by volunteers.

To learn more, contact Merrick’s Volunteer Services at 651-771-9339.