Home-cooking an option for housebound Isle residents

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Fresh cooked meals are now available to all residents who receive meals in their own homes from North Lincolnshire Council.

Alongside the traditional reheated frozen meals, they can now choose to have the just cooked option.

From April, the meals will be available to all vulnerable adults across North Lincolnshire who are unable to prepare a meal themselves and need that extra bit of support to ensure they can remain in their homes.

Historically, this service required an assessment. Meals will also be available in Community Wellbeing Hubs across North Lincolnshire.

Delivered to the customers’ door, the new meals are prepared and cooked in local school kitchens and all deliveries are made by council employees. The delivery drivers also carry out a wellbeing check of customers at each visit.

A weekly menu is provided with two daily options of main course and dessert. These include favourites such as shepherd’s pie, beef stew and dumplings, roast Sunday lunch, apple crumble, jam roly poly, and rice pudding. A sandwich tea is also available and delivered with the hot meal at lunchtime. People with particular dietary needs can also be catered for.

The meals are made using over 40 per cent of local ingredients, including fresh farm assured meat, local free range eggs, locally milled flour and local milk.

Coun Rob Waltham, cabinet member for People at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We are improving what we offer to residents by giving them more choice with the option of having a fresh cooked meal if they wish.

“During this year, we will also be making the fresh meals available to people who visit our Community Wellbeing Hubs. This is yet another example how the council is working to support older residents to live long and independent lives.

“Sometimes we take for granted simple things, yet these are the important things for many people. And having the choice of a nutritious home-cooked meal, with all the traditional favourites, I’m sure, will be welcomed by many people who can no longer cook for themselves.”