A lifeline meals on wheels service in Leeds has served up a treat after it was honoured with a top national award.
Community Meals Leeds delivers more than 100,000 meals a year to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
The dedicated team, which is operated by Leeds City Council, work 365 days a year to deliver hot meals to more than 500 people.
The scheme was named 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.
Councillor Peter Gruen, 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.
The award comes ahead of National Community Meals Week, which runs between November 11 and 16 and celebrates the nation’s community meals services.
Councillor Adam Ogilvie, 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 has delivered hot meals throughout the city for over four decades.
Two course hot meals are delivered straight to residents’ doors.
The service helps to support elderly and vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes.