Eastside Meals on Wheels hosts second annual ‘Mission Nutrition’

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Join Eastside Meals on Wheels for its second annual Mission Nutrition Dining Edition. If you enjoy a bite at a participating restaurant on Thursday, September 18th, a portion of what you spend helps provide warm nutritious meals for older adults in Northeast & Southeast Minneapolis, and St. Anthony Village.

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“It’s a great opportunity to get the community involved, learn about Meals on Wheels, and also do some fundraising,” said Mary Mennenga, chair of the event.

Mary Mennenga became a member of the board because of a special family member. Her mother-in-law was initially a volunteer who packed meals in North Minneapolis, and then later she became a client. “My mother-in law has since passed away,” said Mary. “I thought it was time to give back, to join the organization, and do what I can to help out.”

The Anchor Fish & Chips, The Bulldog NE, Emily’s Lebeanese Deli, Kramarczuk’s, Moose on Monroe, and Red Stag Supperclub chose to be involved both years. “We thought it was a great idea to support a cause that we feel very dear to our hearts,” said Co-owner of the Anchor Fish & Chips Kathryn Hayes. “It was very successful, we had a great turn-out. It was a cause that we believe greatly in, and it was great for business as well.”

Newly participating restaurants this year include Chipotle at 225 E Hennepin Ave, Element Pizza, Elsie’s Restaurant, Bar, and Bowling Center, Jax Café, Kramarczuk’s, Marino’s Deli, Mattie’s on Main, Punch at 210 E Hennepin Ave, Ray J’s American Grill, and Stanley’s Bar Room Northeast. The amount of restaurants involved has more than doubled since the first Mission Nutrition Dining Edition.

Another addition to this year’s fundraiser are event ambassadors. They can be identified by their Eastside Meals on Wheels t-shirts, and will be happy to answer any questions about the nonprofit.

“Choose a participating restaurant—maybe one that you already enjoy, and know you are sharing the comfort of a warm meal with your neighbors,” says Executive Director of Eastside Meals on Wheels Eileen Hafften.

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