For local authorities

Community meal services

 Cost-efficient and flexible community meal services to suit every local authority budget.

Making a real difference

"By offering these services, we really are saving lives and ensuring people can live for as long as possible with dignity in their own homes."

Roger Hargreaves Divisional Manager, Local Authorities
roger hargreaves apetito divisional manager local authorities

Safeguarding meals on wheels

With a Government objective to keep older people living independently in their own homes for longer, community meal services have never been so vital.

Meals on wheels and lunch clubs play a key role in helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society to eat well at home, thus avoiding the risk of illness, isolation, malnutrition and unnecessary stays in hospital, which nobody wants.

But in this difficult financial climate, saving these local services is becoming increasingly hard.

That’s why, as the UK’s leading provider of community meals, we’re dedicated to providing value for money and flexible options for local authorities who wish to continue with this important service.

Our range features over 200 chef-prepared, nutritionally balanced frozen meals, including a special diet and ethnic range. This means that you can easily cater for different cultural, religious or dietary requirements.

A study carried out by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) on behalf of NACC for Meals on Wheels Week (7-11 Nov 2016), revealed that £4.30 is the average cost of a two-course lunch which could prevent unnecessary 'bed blocking' hospital stays (the cost of keeping someone in hospital is an estimated £400 per day - Department of Health, 2015).

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How the service works

We offer different levels of service to suit your budget for community meals.

Full meal service supplied by apetito

We’ll take full care of your community meal service and run it on your behalf, from providing the meals to finding suitable premises and hiring and training staff.

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Meal and equipment supply to local authorities

We’ll provide nutritious, chef-prepared frozen meals along with ovens, Microfixes, freezers and our innovative Chefmobil delivery van.

Meal-only delivery to local authorities

We’ll supply a wide range of healthy, nutritionally balanced frozen meals for your own community meals service, lunch clubs and day centres. All you need to do is heat the meals in a regular oven or microwave.

Home delivery service

Should you prefer, we can provide a delivery service of frozen meals direct to your customers (weekly or fortnightly).

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