Leeds United football legends kick-off events for Community Meals week 2013

Peter Lorimer  & Eddie GrayMr Oxley from Beeston was delighted when two Leeds United stars – Peter Lorimer and Eddie Gray dropped in to help deliver his hot meal from the Community Meals Service.

Mr Oxley lives close to Elland Road and was a special constable there for over 30 years. He also used to look after the Leeds United kit in the 1970’s, when Eddie and Peter played for Leeds.

This week is National Community Meals Week 2013 (11-15 November) and here in Leeds we can celebrate the success of our award winning meals-on-wheels service: Community Meals Leeds.  It’s a council run service and the biggest hot meal provider in the city, delivering over 500 meals each day, seven days a week, to all areas of Leeds.

 Derek Johnson oversees the service:

Community Meals Leeds isn’t just delivering nutritious hot meals to older and vulnerable people. We know that we are playing an important role in helping people to stay living safely in the community. Along with the meal our customers get a friendly and familiar face popping in to see if they are alright. Often one of our staff can be the first to spot a problem and pass a message back to the family or a carer.

Community Meals Leeds can cater to meet most dietary and special needs including Asian, African, Caribbean, Kosher, Halal, diabetic or gluten free. We can also deliver cold snacks or drinks to have later. ’

Community Meals Leeds is planning a programme of activities for customers which started yesterday, the first day of Community Meals Week:

In addition to delivering hot meals today, the Meals Team will also be distributing leaflets about the ‘Keep Well Keep Warm’ campaign and information from Groundwork about energy saving schemes.

On Thursday [14th Nov. 10.00 -13.30] there will be tasting sessions in Dortmund Square – come and see what the meals are like!  The Community Meals Leeds service will be in Dortmund Square where you can also see what the modern delivery vans are like and chat to staff about how the service works.

In Morley a Police Community Support Officer will be accompanying a Meals Assistant during community meals week to meet customers. Later they will go back to give advice, set up timer plugs and offer to mark personal property as part of their ‘Darker Nights’ campaign.

For more information about Leeds City Council’s Community Meals see: leeds.gov.uk/communitymealsleeds or telephone: 0113 247 8577

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