Meals on wheels continues to support residents in need

Over the past few months, all of us have had a taste of what it is like to be stuck inside and worried about how to get the food we need. But for some of our most elderly and vulnerable residents, these concerns will continue long after lockdown is over. Mobility problems, lack of transport or concerns about going shopping means that for many of these residents, the need for support remains a reality.

The Elmbridge Meals on Wheels service has been working for over 30 years to support residents such as these, providing a hot lunchtime service which can also be supplemented by a sandwich service for tea time or a breakfast of jam, rolls or cereal and milk for the next day.

The past few months have been some of their busiest on record, with over 130 new referrals since March, which adds up to over 1300 meals delivered each week to residents across Elmbridge. A dedicated team of staff and volunteers prepares and sends out these meals 7 days a week, providing not just a hot meal, but a friendly face and daily contact to isolated members of the community.  

Councillor Mrs Tannia Shipley, the Portfolio Holder for Social Affairs said: "Our Meals on Wheels team have done an unbelievable job over the past few months. Both staff and volunteers have worked hard to ensure our most vulnerable residents have remained safe and fed, and they will continue to support all residents who need their help for as long as necessary."

If you know someone who might benefit please visit our Meals on Wheels webpage, call 01372 474 552 or email commservices@elmbridge.gov.uk

Date published: 22 June 2020

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