Three councils join together to deliver new community meals service.


A ‘meals on wheels’ service aimed at keeping the city’s elderly independent is being backed by Milton Keynes Council.

Council chiefs have joined with Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council to deliver a new community Mceals service aimed at older and disabled residents of the three Councils.

It follows a recent national report (NACC,2014) had highlighted that a third of councils no longer provided such meals.

Tonight, Councillor Nigel Long will outline how the new cross council partnership will offer cost effective meals and help older and disabled people to eat better.

Mr Long, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, covering services for older and disabled people said:

“We want older and disabled people to live in their own homes as long as possible.

“The new meals on Wheels service (community meals) aims to keep people independent.

“It also offers a daily source of personal contact.”

The number of community service meals provided by councils currently stands at 19 million a year, which had reached as many as 40 million ten years ago.