A healthy and balanced diet is central to older people keeping in good health. As we get older, though, it can become more difficult to prepare fresh and healthy meals on a regular basis. For more information about the importance of healthy eating in older age, you can read our Guide to Keeping Healthy in Older Age.
On this page you can find out more about how your relative in Hertfordshire can receive either hot meals directly to their door, or frozen meals that they can simply microwave at a time that suits them.
Your relative may also be interested in Hertfordshire’s Lunch Clubs and Day Care Centres, which can both guarantee your relative is regularly eating hot cooked meals. They are also a great social opportunity if they would like to enjoy some company with their meal!
- Hertfordshire Local Authority Meal Delivery Service
- Local Meal Delivery Services in Hertfordshire
- National Meal Delivery Services in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Local Authority Meal Delivery Service
Hertfordshire’s local councils all provide a meals on wheels service through the Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS). Delivered straight to your relative’s door, 365 days a year, HILS provide hot main meals and dessert and cold breakfast and tea pack. Meals can be delivered between 11.30am and 2pm. There is a wide menu for your relative to choose from and they can accommodate to dietary requirements as well as offering specialist Kosher, Halal, Caribbean and West Indian menus.
This Meals on Wheels service is aimed at people in Hertfordshire who have difficulty preparing a meal safely for themselves, people who have a physical or mental disability, those whose carer is away, and those who have recently left hospital or are recovering from illness. If your relative meets any of these criteria then they are eligible for meals at the prices below from HILS. If they do not meet these criteria then they may have to pay more.
Main meal and a hot or cold dessert – £5.25
Breakfast – £3.05
Tea time meal – £3.65
Your relative can apply, or you can apply on their behalf, for the HILS Meals on Wheels service by filling in this application form.
Telephone: 0330 200 0103
Local Meal Delivery Services in Hertfordshire
First Choice Catering
First Choice Catering is a family-owned catering company based in Watford that can provide hot fresh food, cooked on the day of delivery, to residents throughout Hertfordshire. They can deliver straight to your relative’s door. No contract is required, meaning your relative can pick and choose how often they want meals delivered. First Choice Catering operate a 6 week rotating menu from which to choose from, with 10 meal choices each day. The cost of a 2 course meal plus delivery is £9.00.
Telephone: 01923 712 224
National Meal Delivery Services in Hertfordshire
Oakhouse Foods have an extensive menu and deliver frozen ready meals throughout Hertfordshire. They are able to cater to a wide range of dietary needs and preferences, and offer a Mini Meals service for people who prefer to have smaller portions. You can order a free brochure in the post, or look at their Online Menu on the Oakhouse Foods website.
Telephone: 0333 370 6700
Wiltshire Farm Foods
Wiltshire Farm Foods have a menu of over 300 frozen meals for your relative to choose from, including vegetarian meals and meals that can meet specific dietary requirements. They offer free meal delivery throughout Hertfordshire. Your relative can browse their Online Menu, or request a free brochure from Wiltshire Farm Food to be sent to their house.
Telephone: 0800 077 3100.