Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is particularly important in old age, but preparing meals can become more challenging. For more information about the importance of eating healthily, you can read Age Space’s Guide to Keeping Healthy in Older Age.
Fortunately, there are a number of meals-on-wheels and meal delivery services in operation throughout Essex. These services provide either hot meals to your relative’s door at lunchtime, or frozen meals which your relative simply has to microwave at a time that suits them.
Below we have listed the services available in Essex to help your relative enjoy a hot, tasty, home-cooked meal, without the cooking hassle.
- Local Meal Delivery Services in Essex
- National Meal Delivery Services
- Food Preparation Services in Essex
Local Meal Delivery Services in Essex
Dinners Direct, Colchester
Dinners Direct provide meals from Monday to Friday for people living in the Colchester, Wivenhoe and Alresford areas. They don’t demand a contract to be signed or minimum number of meals – you can use their services on a meal-by-meal basis. Dinners Direct have two options: you can receive a hot meal on a plate between 12:00 and 14:00, or they can provide your relative with a cold version of the meal which can be re-heated at a time that suits them.
Telephone: 01206 826681
Freshway Foods, Tendring
Freshway Foods provide meals every day of the week to people living in and around Tendring. The meals are delivered hot, between 12:00 and 14:00, or they can also deliver a cold version, plated and freshly prepared that morning, which you can then re-heat and eat later.
Telephone: 01255 435842
Tiptree Meals provide hot and frozen meals seven days a week to people throughout Essex, including Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tiptree and Mersea. If your relative does not live in these areas they may still be able to cater to them, simply get in contact to ask. You can check out their Online Menu to see what is available.
Telephone: 01621 816963
Herts Meals is located in Harlow and provides meals to people in …. (email reply). They provide a two-week set menu of 14 traditional ‘Home Cooked’ meals, freshly prepared in their local kitchens, as well as 10 alternate meals for your relative to choose from. You can see the fortnight’s meals by looking at their Online Menu.
Telephone: 01279 417087
Steve’s Kitchen, Castle Point
Steve’s Kitchen is a family-run meals-on-wheels service based in Castle Point and providing food to people living in the surrounding areas. They deliver freshly-prepared hot meals on real plates along with a dessert of your relative’s choice. You can view their Online Menu, which they update weekly with new meals.
Telephone: 01268 421482
National Meal Delivery Services
Oakhouse Foods have an extensive menu and deliver frozen ready meals throughout Essex. They are able to cater to a wide range of dietary needs and preferences, and offer a Mini Meals service for people with smaller appetites. You can order a free brochure in the post, or look at their Online Menu on Oakhouse Foods website.
Telephone: 01622 871 005
Wiltshire Farm Foods
Wiltshire Farm Foods have a menu of over 300 frozen meals for your relative to choose from, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. They offer meal delivery throughout Essex, with no delivery cost. You can check out their Online Menu, or request a free brochure from the Wiltshire Farm Foods website to be sent to your relative’s house.
Telephone: 0800 077 3100
Food Preparation Services in Essex
Instead of hot or frozen meals being delivered, food preparation services involve somebody coming to your relative’s home and preparing a meal for them there. This guarantees freshness, is easier for your relative, and provides them with a little more company.
Age UK Food Preparation Services
Age UK Essex offer a unique food preparation service to older residents in Essex who want to continue cooking for themselves but need some support and assistance in doing this. Their staff, all of whom are trained Dementia Friends, can assist them and cook light dishes including snacks, sandwiches and salads.
This service is currently offered regionally, and is available in the areas in and around:
- Castle Point
There is a £20 one-off registration fee for new clients, and the service then costs £15.40 per hour, but provides a personable and high-quality experience.
Telephone: 01245 423 333