Doorstep deliveries of Christmas dinner

Community Meals Leeds driver Alan Scott wth Margaret Drooker, 75.
Community Meals Leeds driver Alan Scott wth Margaret Drooker, 75.
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A dedicated team will be out and about on Christmas Day to deliver dinner with all the trimmings to hundreds of elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents.

About 20 members of Leeds City Council’s Community Meals Leeds service will be delivering an estimated 220 festive lunches including turkey and Christmas pudding around the city.

Coun Adam Ogilvie, executive member for adult social care, said: “For many of our Community Meals Leeds customers, having their Christmas dinner delivered not only means they can be sure of a hot meal, it can also be the difference between seeing a friendly face on Christmas Day and spending the day alone.

“The work done by the meals-on-wheels team at this time of year, and all the year round, makes a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of residents who might otherwise be completely isolated.”

Coun Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services, added: “The team works hard each and every day of the year, but their dedication on Christmas Day really shows how willing they are to go the extra mile and make sure their customers are not isolated over the festive season.”

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

The service delivers an estimated 124,000 meals every year to more than 500 people around the city.

It has been delivering hot meals to Leeds residents for more than 30 years.

Stephen Blake of the CMA  Photo: Vikki Ellis

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