Anglia Crown joins other leading organisations to thank all #MealsOnWheelsHeroes who have delivered nutritional support helping to reduce malnutrition and social isolation during Covid-19 pandemic.

A collection of inspirational case studies have been published on the NACC website showcasing a wide range of Meals on Wheels services that contributed to supporting the elderly and vulnerable during these challenging times – from providers who extended their services to include the homeless and families in crisis, to cafés, pubs, restaurants and hotels that adapted their skills and facilities to support their communities.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown saw an increase in the number of vulnerable people confined to their own homes and in need of support. As a result, #MealsOnWheelsHeroes stepped up to deliver daily nutritious meals and offered wellbeing checks to help fight isolation.

Sue Cawthray, national chair of the NACC, said: “The elderly and vulnerable living independently in the community are at risk of malnutrition and social isolation. This has always been the case but in times of crisis, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the important issue is exacerbated and highlighted. And with it, the vital social need for Meals on Wheels services to help combat the issue is spotlighted.

“We have produced this important collection of inspiring case studies to illustrate the significance of the service within the community. It clearly demonstrates the vital frontline contribution Meals on Wheels services make and how they always innovate and adapt to ensure those in need continue to receive the essential, life-quality-enhancing social lifeline that is so much more than just a meal.”

“We’ve heard wonderful stories of how the daily visit as part of the meals delivery lifted spirits when most needed. And how teams continued to go above and beyond for their clients, even when faced with operational challenges. For example, birthdays continued to be celebrated on doorsteps and for VE Day, many found an extra treat in their delivery, such as a piece of Victoria sponge, to make sure they too could join in the special celebrations.”

“The NACC is a longstanding champion of the Meals on Wheels service and we work tirelessly to promote its social value to governments, local authorities, associations, business, charities, and the public. As the past months have made very clear, its vital role in alleviating malnutrition and social isolation must never be underestimated. It’s more important than ever that this message is clearly delivered and understood and that the value of Meals on Wheels services is properly recognised.”

The full press release can be read by clicking here.