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Meals on Wheels making it through come wind, rain or more rain!

Monday, 13 January 2014

Through the extreme weather many people in Hampshire have been praising the efforts of the Hampshire County Council meals on wheels service, which has been ensuring the older and vulnerable have received their meals despite flooding and fallen trees.

During the storms and in the aftermath the Meals on Wheels team at Apetito have worked closely with the County Council's adult social care staff and emergency planning team to prioritise the most vulnerable, checking on their welfare and ensuring meals could be delivered despite road blockages. Happily, all 321 people who requested a Christmas Dinner received their meal, as well as those who ordered an afternoon tea service.

Many Meals on Wheels customers told drivers of their relief that, despite all the difficult conditions, their meals arrived safely as usual every day over the holiday period. Many called and sent cards and appreciative comments including Mrs Y from Farnborough, who wrote: "Thank you for the meals and the very lovely drivers. They are very kind and I really enjoyed talking to them during Christmas."

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: "We recognise the crucial role that good nutrition plays in helping people stay healthy and independent. Despite very difficult conditions, including one vehicle being struck by a tree branch, all but two customers received their meals during the adverse weather. During this time our Meals on Wheels Services has demonstrated its commitment to delivering meals throughout the county come rain or shine."

Since the launch of the new county-wide Meals on Wheels service last year, many more people are able to take advantage of a nutritious, two course hot meal in the middle of the day. This, and the addition of the volunteer Food & Friendship Meals Support Service, which is providing vital social contact, is helping many older people to remain living independently in their own homes for longer.

Hampshire County Council's Meals on Wheels now offers a new afternoon tea service to complement the daily hot lunches. The afternoon tea service includes a savoury pastry, a sandwich, a piece of cake and a serving of fruit and juice drink, and is proving hugely popular with customers.

Anyone aged over 55 years or over who struggles to prepare their own food can order Meals on Wheels from 1-7 days a week. If you are interested please contact apetito on 01962 779338 or complete an online application.

Anyone who has concerns about any older or vulnerable people in their community during times of adverse weather, should call 0845 603 5630 or out of hours 0845 600 4555.

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