Meals on Wheels Week

PUBLISHED: 17:08 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 June 2010

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6 - Devon is celebrating over 60 years of meals on wheels with a themed week of competitions, prizes, and a celebrity delivery driver.

Devon is celebrating over 60 years of meals on wheels with a themed week of competitions, prizes, and a celebrity delivery driver.

Meal providers Apetito, commissioned by Devon County Council to provide hot and frozen meals across Devon, has planned the countywide celebrations based on nostalgic memories.

This year's celebrations include celebrity chef Paul Da-Costa-Greaves delivering meals, and visits to schools and goody bags for the all the customers as part of meals on Wheels Week, from October 6 to October 12.

The goody bags will include a quiz, a commemorative tea towel and card.

Since taking the Council's contract in 2006, Apetito has grown the meals service significantly and is now delivering over a quarter of a million meals a year.

Regular customer feedback indicates high levels of satisfaction with the range of meals and quality of the service provided.

Councillor Hugo Barton, Devon County Council's Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, said: "A regular meals service is vitally important because it helps people continue to live in their own homes.

"Having a well balanced nutritious meal delivered enables people to remain as independent and healthy for as long as possible.

"With Apetito, the meals service is expanding well, with a considerable rise in the number of people using the service.

"Feedback we're getting from people who receive meals is very complementary, and despite the number of meals provided growing significantly, it remains a very personal service that is adaptable to everyone's individual needs.

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