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Lunch hour with a difference thanks to Leeds meals on wheels team


People in Leeds will get a taste of the award-winning work done by the city’s meals-on-wheels team next week.



Leeds City Council’s Community Meals Leeds team will be out around the city, showing their support for National Community Meals Week, which runs from Nov 11-15.



The week recognises the vital role the service plays in the lives of local elderly and vulnerable people.



As part of the week’s activities, the Community Meals Leeds team will bring one of their vans to Dortmund Square in the city centre next Thursday.



They will be offering lunchtime shoppers and workers a chance to sample some of the 124,000 meals they provide to more than 500 local residents every year.



To kick off the week of events, Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, will be delivering a meal to a customer on Monday as well as handing out important information about staying warm and safe this winter.



The Community Meals Leeds team will also be working with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in a bid to help reduce fires in the homes of vulnerable older people.



Cllr Ogilvie said: “Our dedicated community meals team makes a massive difference to the lives of residents across Leeds each and every day and National Community Meals week is a great way of highlighting the excellent work the team does.



“The service not only makes sure vulnerable residents have a hot meal, it also helps to make sure they don’t become isolated and gives them the added reassurance of knowing they will have a regular visitor.”



Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:



“The hard work of our community meals team here in Leeds means that hundreds of vulnerable local residents have the important extra support they need to live independent lives in their own homes.



“I hope that National Community Meals week will help to highlight the positive impact this service has on tackling isolation and keeping our residents safe, happy and healthy.



“Earlier this year Community Meals Leeds was announced as the winner of the National Association of Care Catering’s (NACC) National Community Meals Award. The prestigious award recognises the authority, business or individual who has proved themselves the best at providing the vital resource to elderly and vulnerable residents.



“The service has also been delivering hot meals to Leeds residents for more than 40 years.”





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-Media are invited to Dortmund Square on Thursday, November 14 at 12 noon. Members of the Community Meals Leeds team will be giving people a chance to try some of their meals and will be available for photographs.



- For more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk

www.leeds.gov.uk