Meals on Wheels service extended

MEALS on Wheels for the elderly and housebound in the district are to be extended to weekends from Saturday.

The move comes a year after St Albans council formed a partnership with Herts Community Meals (HCM) with the latter taking on responsibility for the delivery of meals to vulnerable residents in the district.

Initially HCM delivered Meals on Wheels on weekdays to residents of St Albans, Harpenden, Redbourn and Wheathampstead but from Saturday it will take in weekends as well.

The meals are delivered from the Jubilee Centre in Catherine Street, St Albans, both to residents in the district and vulnerable people living elsewhere in Herts.

Cllr Sheila Burton, the council’s portfolio holder for culture and heritage, said: “This is great news for residents who are disabled or who are elderly and are having difficulties cooking meals for themselves as they will now be able to receive meals seven days a week. This is a service that we recognise is needed in the district.”

HCM is a not-for-profit organisation which manages the Jubilee Centre and plays host to the Jubilee Luncheon Club for the elderly.

For more information about the Meals on Wheels service and how to apply, phone the county council’s customer service centre on 0300 123 4042.