Home-delivered meals

Willmar Meals on Wheels: Instead of volunteers, CCT bus drivers are delivering Meals on Wheels on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On these three days, the meal is hot but a frozen meal for the following day or the weekend can also be included.

The meals are available for persons who are unable to cook for themselves due to their age, disability, illness or recent release from the hospital.

Along with the regular meal, three special diet meals are available. The cost is $6.81 and includes all the side dishes (including dessert) and either milk or juice.

Order by 1 p.m. the weekday before the delivery day by calling 320-235-5310 ext. 219 or 320-894-7401.

The menu is available on West Central Industries website, www.wcimn.org under Business Solutions.

Willmar Senior Dining: The meals will be delivered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to the Willmar area community. Freeze-and-heat meals are also available.

The meals are open to those who are 60 years of age and older. The cost is $4.50 a meal.

To reserve a meal, call 1-866-974-0289 by noon the day before.

The menu is available on the city of Willmar website www.willmarmn.gov under Community Center.

Senior LinkAge Line

Older adults can contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays to receive help with questions involving Medicare and health insurance, services to stay in your home or help affording medication. Be sure to have a complete list of prescription drugs and dosages when you call.

The Senior LinkAge Line is a free service of the Minnesota Board on Aging. The Senior LinkAge Line is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program and Senior Medicare Patrol for Minnesota. Specialists provide one-to-one assistance with all Medicare and health insurance issues. Live chat with a specialist also can be accessed online at www.MinnesotaHelp.info.

A new finder tool at HelpOlderAdultsMN.org is a searchable listing of services from across the state. Users can access the information through categories of services, such as home-delivered meals, grocery and drug deliveries, care coordination and home care. Search capabilities make it easy to find services relatively close to home. Currently the listing includes services provided under the Older Americans Act and other readily accessed information.

NAMI Western Minnesota

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Minnesota have started online support groups and mental health classes in response to COVID-19. All are available through the Minnesota website at namimn.org.

Support groups: Free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with a mental illness, their families, friends, spouses/partners, as well as parents of children and teens. Led by trained peer facilitators, the support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. The groups are specifically for those individuals suggested by the group’s title. For example, Family Support Group is only for family members and NAMI Connection is only for those who live with a mental illness and are over 18 years old, etc.

Mental health classes: Free online mental health classes in June and July. They include classes such as Creating Caring Communities, Mental Health and the Workplace, Mental Illnesses and Crisis Communication, Self Care and Mindfulness, Hope for Recovery, In Our Own Voice, Together We Can Make it OK, Discipline Tips for Stressed Parents, a suicide prevention class called QPR — Question, Persuade and Refer and many more. The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public.


The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Sixteen-year-olds may if they have a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.

Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at www.redcrossblood.org unless otherwise noted. All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted. Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:

June 23, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., Church of St. Mary

June 23, Maynard: Noon to 6 p.m., Maynard Events Center

June 24, Clara City: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Community Center

June 24, Appleton: Noon to 6 p.m., National Guard Armory

June 25, Paynesville: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Paynesville Lutheran Church

June 25, Morton: Noon to 6 p.m., Lower Sioux Community Recreation Center

June 26, Redwood Falls: 2 to 7 p.m., Redwood Alliance Church

June 30, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Eagle Lake Lutheran Church

July 1, Litchfield: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Christian Church of Litchfield

July 6-7, Redwood Falls: Noon to 6 p.m., Community Center

July 8, Willmar: 1 to 6 p.m., Vinje Lutheran Church

July 8, Prinsburg: 1 to 7 p.m., Unity Christian Reformed Church

July 9, Sunburg: 2 to 8 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church