Meals service delivers by scooping top award

Picture left-right shows Derek Johnson, Leeds City Council's Principal Catering Manager, Ian Stone from award sponsor apetito and Neel Radia Chair of the NACC

A COMMUNITY meals service that delivers more than 100,000 meals a year to vulnerable residents in Leeds has been honoured with a top national award.

Community Meals Leeds was announced as the winner of the National Association of Care Catering’s (NACC) National Community Meals Award last week.

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.

Community Meals Leeds, run by Leeds City Council, delivers and estimated 124,000 meals every year to more than 500 people around the city.

Working 365 days a year, the service has been delivering hot meals to Leeds residents for more than 40 years.

Paying tribute to the team’s hard work, Cllr Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Support Services, said: “Community Meals Leeds provides a vital lifeline for hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people across the city, and this award is thoroughly deserved.

“The hard work and dedication of the team helps those people to live independently in their own homes, without having to worry about whether they will have a hot meal each day.

“It also means service users will have a regular visitor to check that they are safe and well. I’d like to offer my congratulations to everyone at Community Meals Leeds on being recognised for the hugely important contribution they make every day.”

Judges at the awards looked at how the service measured up when it came to meeting national standards, how the team improved customer experience and how they offered added value with extra services like fire checks, hydration and nutritional screening.

The award comes ahead of National Community Meals Week, which runs from Nov 11-16 and celebrates the nation’s community meals services.

Cllr Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care added: “It’s good to see that Community Meals Leeds has been recognised for delivering a first class and highly valued service to elderly and vulnerable people in the city.”

Community Meals Leeds is available to anyone in the city and residents may be entitled to receive a subsidy if they are assessed as being unable to prepare a meal themselves.

For more information on the service, contact Community Meals Leeds on 0113 247 8577. The office is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm.


For more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk