HOT MEAL
SERVICE

SUPPORTING HEALTHY, INDEPENDENT
LIVING FOR OUR
 COMMUNITY IN NEED

MORE THAN JUST A MEAL

There are people in our community who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to cook or shop for themselves with ease. Our Hot Meal Service greatly enhances their ability to live independently.


‘Meals on Wheels’ is a great British institution. Originally set up in 1943 to deliver meals to individuals at home unable to purchase or prepare their own, many of us won’t remember a time when it didn’t exist.


Today, the service is as vital and valid as ever. It enables the vulnerable and elderly to live independently in their own homes for longer, keeping them nourished and hydrated with a delicious daily meal (in many cases the only one they will have each day), and providing an essential preventative service that reduces costly malnutrition-related admissions to hospital.


It is, however, so much more than just a meal. It is, for many, a social life line. The delivery of a meal brings regular human contact that eases the devastating isolation and loneliness many elderly endure. It also provides much-needed wellbeing and safety checks, crucial for those that may not see anyone else during the day.


It's about working together as a community to support our elderly and vulnerable residents to eat healthily.


It's about supporting our local producers to ensure the very best of Dartmoor is brought to your table

Did You Know?

1.3 million

Estimates suggest 1.3 million people over 65 suffer from malnutrition, and the vast majority (93%) live in the community


That's almost 1 in 3 elderly people.

(Source: Malnutrition Task Force)



500+

People admitted to hospital for malnutrition since the 'Meals on Wheels' service stopped.


That's 3 times the average.

(Source: NHS Digital)

£8891

Treating malnourished patients is estimated to cost health services £8891 per person per year.


The comparable cost of a hot meal service was just £3018 per person.

(Source: Malnutrition Task Force)

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