Published On: Thu, Apr 10th, 2014 on 1:40 pm

Community Meals Leeds team busy giving out food baskets to most vulnerable

Community Meals Leeds

(l-r) Health specialist Emma Strachan, British Red Cross worker Jane Morrison, and resident Brian Munn

The elderly in Leeds are now getting food baskets delivered to their homes to help them get back on their feet after a stay in hospital.

Baskets are being put together by the Community Meals Leeds team, who aid the vulnerable including the elderly who have been assessed by social care as needing the service.

Each basket contains ingredients to help people make easy snacks and meals, and is accompanied with hospital discharge packs.

The support programme has been devised to make the difficult transition from hospital to home as easy as possible for some of the city’s vulnerable residents.

Dr Ian Cameron, director of public health in Leeds, said: “There’s good evidence to say that making sure people have nourishing and healthy food when they return home from hospital is a really effective way to reduce hospital re-admissions, dehydration and malnutrition.

“We’re trialling this project to see what the evidence is about how best we can help those with the least get the most from the health and care support they need.”

The Community Meals Leeds service is working closely with the Leeds Community Healthcare intermediate care teams, volunteers from the British Red Cross and the Royal Volunteer Service to ensure support gets to those who need it most.

As part of its service, it delivers approximately 124,000 meals every year to more than 500 people around the city.

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