The hard work of the Community Meals Service

I want to praise the hard work of Leeds City Council’s community meals staff who beat last week’s snow to deliver hundreds of hot meals to vulnerable and elderly people across our area. I met 89 year old Maurice Hartley, who lives in Gildersome, and he was telling me how much he relies on this vital service.

I was also joined by driver Sharon Welsh and the principal catering manager Derek Johnson, to hear how the service had coped with the extreme weather. Despite the snow, the teams of drivers have managed to deliver meals as usual to most regular service users.

Elderly people who receive meals on wheels are among the most vulnerable in our society. Weather like this, which makes life difficult even for the most mobile among us, can leave an elderly person completely isolated.

I know it has been a difficult week with the weather but the drivers have done an excellent job. Even though they’ve needed a little push more than once to get through some of the snowy back streets, they still managed to get to the majority of people and made sure that all their customers had food and were coping with the freezing temperatures.

For more information on this service, please contact my constituency office on 0113 253 9466.

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Posted December 13th, 2010 by Ed's team