National Meals on Wheels Week



The NACC National Meals on Wheels week is a fundamental initiative created to raise the profile and awareness of meals on wheels service and promote the importance of this vital service whether delivered to the home, through day centres or luncheon clubs.


The week is an opportunity to highlight the importance of keeping the vulnerable and elderly within our communities nourished, socially independent, and most importantly in their homes for longer.


In 2014 due to the increase in closures of many meals on wheels services across the UK the NACC has decided to draw attention to the importance of this vital service throughout the year.


In August 2015 the NACC changed the name of the week back to its original name ‘Meals on Wheels week’. The reason for this change is because it has become apparent following the awareness campaign the NACC has been undertaking during the past twelve months, that whilst commissioners and members knew the meaning of Community Meals the general public, media and politicians did not and they were all still referring to Meals on Wheels.

The task of raising the profile and value of this vital service was therefore being significantly hampered and in a time of significant challenge and threat to its very existence, action was needed.


The objectives of the week are

·         To raise awareness of the vital importance of meals on wheels service whether delivered to the home or through Day Centres and Luncheon Club

·         To highlight the social, economical, psychological and preventative benefits of meals on wheels services in UK

·         To promote to general public the immense value of the service urging them to support local meal services

·         To address loneliness, social isolation and safety in the community 


National Aim:

·         The NACC are asking government to consider making Meals on Wheels a statutory protected service for those considered most at risk in the community to help ensure greater provision across England, Scotland and Wales.Meals on Wheels are currently a discretionary service – councils do not have to provide meals on wheels services.

·         The NACC are calling on the government and councils to recognise the real value of adult social care services, such as meals on wheels and luncheon clubs. The abolition of meals on wheels services is incredibly short-sighted and cuts a lifeline for many older vulnerable people that could lead to malnutrition related illnesses and older people face prospect of social isolation and loneliness.

·         The NACC are calling for safeguarding of existing Meals on Wheels services to ensure that older and vulnerable people have access to nutritious meals that can be delivered to the home in a safe way to ensure that the person’s safety and wellbeing is maintained. The roll-out of personal budgets means that individuals or those acting on their behalf buy in their own services. It is vital that individuals across the UK, particularly more vulnerable people, have access to a high quality meals on wheels service to ensure they are accessing a balanced diet.


Want to get involved with this initiative?

Contact us at or call 0870 748 0180 for more details


Click here to view our YouTube channel with some special videos from the service users.


Below are a selection of newspaper articles and videos where the NACC have featured in promoting and safe guarding Meals on Wheels throughout the years:



Click here to read the Cost Sector Catering March article (Page 36) on our case studies with the charity Sustain and the Sustainable Food Cities Network

Click here to view BBC North West's feature on Meals on Wheels, including an interview with our Chair, Neel Radia


Click here to view the BBC South Today's feature on Meals on Wheels, including an interview with our Secretary, Roger Denton


Click here to view the article on Meals on Wheels that was featured in the Guardian - November 2016


Click here to listen to Neel Radia's interview on BBC Manchester - 11th November 2016


Click here to watch Neel Radia's interview on BBC Politics Show South - 20th November 2016


Click here to view the Observer article on Social Care Crisis - December 2016


Click here to read the BBC article on council tax rise - December 2016


Click here to watch the video on HILS study - January 2017




Click here to read the Meals on Wheels article by the Institute of Hospitality - October 2015


Click here to view the HILS BBC Look East report - November 2015


Click here to view the HILS ITV report - November 2015

Click here to read the Telegraph's 'WHY WE MUST SAVE MEALS ON WHEELS' - November 2015

Click here to read Homecare UK's 'OLDER PEOPLE GO HUNGRY AS MEALS ON WHEELS IS SCRAPPED' - November 2015

Click here to read "Tomorrow's Care" article - December 2015

Healthwatch North West

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Meals on Wheels Press Release 2017

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Meals on Wheels Case Studies Press Release

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Meals on Wheels Press Release

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Dundee Case Study

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Blaenau Case Study

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Plymouth Case Study

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HILS Case Study

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Real Soup Company coverage - Meals on Wheels week

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Meals on Wheels Leaflet 2016

What is MOW week? What are the aims? How can you get involved?

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1602 Village Voice Edition Feb 2016

Article regards the award winning Meals on Wheels at the recent Living and Aging well Awards for Surrey!

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Peter Ducker on Meals on Wheels - November 2015

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Peter McGrath - Meals on Wheels 2015

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Herts is bucking the trend on National Community Meals

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MP Letter

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Meals on Wheels Week 2015 - Trade press release

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National Meals on Wheels Week press release

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Meals on Wheels Week Flyer - House of Commons

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Keeping well in winter

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Article in The Caterer October 2015

Mark Lewis, Publisher, The Caterer, attends Meals on Wheels delivery.

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Meals on Wheels Marketing Leaflet 2015

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