Angus CouncilTel: 08452 777 778

Issued: 12 November 2004

Shepherds Pie Is Dish Of The Day For Mobile Meals

The humble shepherds pie is proving to be the most popular dish for Angus residents using Angus Council’s community meals service.

Over 6000 hot meals are delivered each week throughout Angus, an increase of 4000 in the two years since the launch of the revamped meals on wheels service.

And the dish of the day for service users would appear to be shepherds pie, with 9696 portions being delivered last year.

In the ongoing work to continually improve the service, the new community meals staff uniform was unveiled during Meals on Wheels Week (8 to 14 November).

The new Community Meals staff uniform will help service users - mainly older people - to easily recognise who is at the door.

Convener of Social Work and Health Glennis Middleton said: “The community meals service has been a great success since it was introduced just over two years ago by Social Work and Health to provide improved support to allow people to live in their own homes for as long as possible.

“Prior to the establishment of the Community Meals Service less than 2000 meals were delivered each week across Angus.

“Now service users can enjoy a piping hot, nutritious meal delivered to their door and a recent survey of community meals customers revealed that there is a high level of satisfaction with the service.”

The Angus service uses the latest technology in mobile vans to heat food and keep it piping hot during the delivery round. There are 13 vans delivering meals every day.

The service sets high standards of nutritional content for the meals in order to promote the well being of the people who use the service and with some individuals receiving meals twice a day this is very important.

Service users have a choice of meal at each delivery which they order in advance.

As part of Angus Councils commitment to health improvement, the Keep Well in Winter leaflet will be delivered over the coming weeks to social work service users.

This leaflet highlights the importance of having a varied diet - something the community meals service promotes through the nutritional balance of the food on offer.