Fife celebrates national Meals on Wheels week!

Simon Wilson, Meals on Wheels delivery driver, with Agnes Christie from Leven with her Meals on Wheels. Alan Hunter, Meals on Wheels delivery driver with Mr Alex Monaghan from Kirkcaldy with his Meals on Wheels.

Fife Council is supporting this year’s national Meals on Wheels (MoW) week which begins today (Monday 31 October).

MoW week is organised by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) to raise awareness and celebrate a service that plays a vital role in supporting older and vulnerable people with a nutritious meal.

Fife Council delivers this service on behalf of Fife’s Health and Social Care Partnership.

Councillor David Graham, Fife Council’s Spokesperson for Health and Social Care, said: “This excellent service provides over 600 tasty, nourishing and healthy meals along with 150 afternoon teas to thousands of people across Fife every day of the year except Christmas and New Year’s Day.

“The lunches are delivered by a team of reliable and friendly drivers who provide an excellent service to the people of Fife often being the only person that some people see on any given day.

“The service has a large variety of delicious meals available and the service caters for a wide range of dietary requirements and specific medical conditions. Prices start from £4.75 for two courses and £6.00 for three. The service can also deliver an afternoon tea at the same time for later in the day for only £2.50 providing an all round service to often the most vulnerable in our communities.

“There are many benefits to getting Meals on Wheels and feedback for the service is excellent. The service do not just deliver meals though; they provide a much wider service, checking to make sure customers are safe and well and will contact other relevant council services should they need extra help or support.

The current cost-of-living crisis and the significant energy price rises poses a new challenge for us all. Many older and vulnerable people will sadly have to choose between heating or eating this winter and providing support with food is going to be more of a necessity than ever before. Meals on Wheels can provide that service at a very cost effective price which the present customers advise is excellent value for money.”

Mr Alex Monaghan who lives in Kirkcaldy has been getting Meals on Wheels for over 10 years, he said: "I like the quality of the meals and it means I don't have to cook!"

Another service user, Agnes Christie from Leven, said: "I've been getting Meals on Wheels for more than three years now. I love the service, and the meals, especially the fish!"

If you, or someone you know, would like more information or to give Meals on Wheels a try, just visit www.fife.gov.uk/mealsonwheels and complete the online form. This form can also be completed by family, friends, and health care or social work professionals on your behalf. It’s quick and easy and your meal could be delivered the next day!

If you’d like help with food costs, keeping your home warm or just some tips about how to make the most of your budget, and more visit www.our.fife.scot/gethelp If you, or someone you know, can’t go online then please call our Community Support Line team on freephone 0800 952 0330.