Meals on Wheels supplier set to be chosen

By on 16/02/2010 in News

The results of the Meals on Wheels consultation regarding daily delivered hot meals will be presented to Cabinet Committee (procurement) on 25th February. Following an extensive consultation and tendering exercise, a supplier has been recommended. Prospective companies have been scored on a range of criteria including; quality, portion size, appearance of food and the ease by which the packaging can be opened.

Prospective suppliers were also asked to provide additional samples which were then sent to a local laboratory for nutritional analysis. A range of people across the city have taken part in meal tasting sessions, including; current service users, carers, relatives, social workers, representatives from BME groups and people with learning and physical disabilities. The council also carried out a 12 week public consultation, with public meetings held at a variety of venues across the city and questionnaires sent to out to a variety of interested parties.  Questionnaires were also sent to all 371 places of worship in Birmingham, to ensure that the food suits different ethnic and religious dietary requirements.

The council are currently consulting with staff currently working for the in house Meals Direct service (known as 'meals on wheels') and unions regarding the changes.

The decision will be the first step on the way to signposting all service users to a range of hot meal providers in 2012. This will offer residents the benefit of increased choice and make greater use of local meal providers, especially those producing authentic ethnic meals.

Councillor Sue Anderson, Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, comments:

“There's a myth that older people aren't interested in food and are happy with a piece of toast. Older people have different tastes like everybody else, and their feedback has been invaluable in choosing the right meals supplier. I am looking forward to growing our customer base so that as many people as possible have access to healthy, tasty food”.

The change to the meals service forms part of the Council's drive to transform its services, with the aim of delivering increased choice and more personalised services to residents.

ENDS

For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007  hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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  1. Mr Naveed A Hussain says:

    I am happy to hear that members in the council are taking an active interest in the meals offered to the public sector ; mainly the elderly.
    I would love to participate or help in any way.. or even tender for the business.
    I think a good meal should be simple , cost effective and tasty. A simple but tasty pasta dish or even a mild curry.
    Another area to look into would be health and nutristion.
    Keep up the good work

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