Meals on Wheels staff in Wolverhampton will bring more than just food to some of their elderly customers on Christmas Day - they are also delivering a festive surprise.

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The council's team of Meals on Wheels drivers have joined forces with staff from West Midlands Police, Asda, Farmfoods and other organisations who have all given up their own time to put together Christmas parcels for the city's most vulnerable residents.

The parcels contain a mixture of gifts, tasty treats and items an elderly person might find useful like a woolly hat to keep them warm.

They are being delivered to Meals on Wheels customers who are isolated and face spending Christmas alone. Often housebound and without family, the daily visit from their Meals on Wheels driver could be the only other person they see over Christmas.

Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for city services, said: "Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year to be isolated and alone, so the fact our Meals on Wheels drivers will visit their clients on Christmas Day and give them a present as well as their food will hopefully really lift their spirits.

"Meals on Wheels is more than just delivering a nutritious hot dinner every day, our drivers really care and provide an invaluable social service as well.

"For some of our clients, their daily visit from Meals on Wheels could be the only person they see."

Meals on Wheels in Wolverhampton are available to anyone - without the need for any assessment.

The service will deliver a fresh and nutritious hot meal and dessert for £4.25 a day or frozen meals from £2.85 per serving. The service will also visit outside of Wolverhampton for a small amount more.

Call 01902 556677 or visit Type=articles;Articleid=3257;Title=Meals on Wheels; for more information.

  • released: Wednesday 17 December, 2014