Wheels menu reflects changing Brum

By on 05/08/2009 in News, Video News

From bhuna to bubble and squeak, the council are keen to hear menu suggestions that reflect the tastes of a changing city. As part of the council's on-going consultation on the 'meals on wheels' service, both residents and suppliers are being asked to submit their dream dish.

Meals on Wheels has come a long way since its inception in 1947, when the Women's Voluntary Service started delivering food to help those housebound or without kitchen facilities following the London blitz. Meals were originally delivered in a variety of contraptions, anything from adapted Rolls Royces and shooting brakes, to wheelbarrows and prams.

In those days, the main stay of the menu was pie and mash. Traditional English classics are still firm favourites but Brum's changing population has seen a rise in requests for Caribbean dishes like fried snapper fish and yam, and Indian food like lamb biriyani.

Councillor Sue Anderson comments: “We want to get the changes right, so we need to know what people would like to eat. The consultation meetings that I have attended so far have been extremely interesting; we have had requests for both soup and Chinese food, which the current menu does not offer. I have even had a lady complain that there was not enough Scottish food on offer! By providing a different menu, we hope to see an extra 600,000 vulnerable people across the city accessing the meals service.”

This change in how adult social care services are delivered forms part of the Birmingham City Council's Adults and Communities business transformation programme. By listening to what people think will help them and personalising services, the council will give people more control over the kind of care they receive.

To find out more about how you can have your say and for details of consultation events happening near you, contact the 'Meals on Wheels' consultation team on 0121 675 8058 or email mealsonwheelsconsultation@birmingham.gov.uk

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For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07833 059 347 hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Demand for the Meals Direct service (known as 'meals on wheels') across the city is falling.  A number of people already choose to spend the money allocated to them on a range of other services, e.g., supermarket meals, or on other meals providers.

From April 2010, the current 'Meals on Wheels' service, known in Birmingham as Meals Direct, will be replaced with one or more independent suppliers.  The 'Meals on Wheels' service currently delivers hot and frozen meals to people across Birmingham, 7 days a week, every day of the year. No one will be left without a meals service; they will simply have more choice over what the nature of that service will be.

The public consultation runs until Friday 4th September.

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