Meals on wheels

What is available?

Community meals, often known as 'meals on wheels', can help ensure that people receive proper nutrition on a daily basis, whatever their circumstances.

All the meals are nutritionally balanced, cooked locally and delivered hot to the home in foil containers. We recommend that you eat the meals hot, soon after delivery and do not try to reheat them. A typical meal will consist of a hot main course of meat or fish with vegetables and a hot or cold dessert. Diabetic, low carbohydrate, low fat, soft diet, gluten free and low sodium, as well as vegetarian, halal, kosher, Asian and Afro-caribbean meals are also available.

Who can get meals on wheels?

This service is for people aged 18 and over, normally older people, who are unable to prepare and cook one hot meal a day. This may be a permanent situation due to sight loss, a physical or learning disability, illness or a temporary situation such as recovering after a stay in hospital, to help you maintain your independence and quality of life.

Meals are available 5 and 7 days per week, 365 days a year depending on area, between 11am and 1pm. Most dietary needs are catered for, also medical and cultural requirements.

You could also arrange for a care worker to come in and prepare meals for you through a private home care agency but remember to take care to choose one that is registered and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

How much does it cost?

The charges vary according to the provider.

Can I get help with the cost?

Not in this instance. The cost of preparing the food and delivering it to your home has to be covered by yourself.

Further information

For a list of meal providers in the local area visit: Meal providers in the service directory