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Meal Makers

Do you ever find that you cook too much for yourself when preparing your evening

meal? When you do make too much what do you do with it? Throw it in the bin? Stick it in the freezer? Treat the family pet?! Well one of our partnerscommunity food sharing project Meal Makers have a great idea about what you can do with that extra portion – how about sharing it with an older neighbour living down the road who could really do with a nice meal and a friendly chat? If you’re not aware of any older people in your local area who fit that description, then fear not Meal Makers will happily introduce you.

Meal Makers is an initiative from the older adults’ charity Food Train and was launched in Dundee in August 2014. It proved to be an instant hit across the city and has since been launched in Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Perth and Kinross, Edinburgh and Stirling. The idea behind Meal Makers is really simple – they connect people who love cooking and want to be active in their community (‘Cooks’), with older (55+) neighbours (‘Diners’), who would appreciate home cooked food delivered to them from time to time. Not only does the project provide a way for older adults to enjoy freshly prepared nutritious home cooking (particularly older adults who might find it difficult to enjoy home cooking otherwise), but it also helps bring communities together and combat isolation experienced by many members of the older population. How often meals are shared, and when they are shared is left entirely up to the Cook and Diner to decide between themselves. Meals are most commonly shared on a weekly basis, but they can occur fortnightly, monthly or just now and again.

Since launching the project over 300 Cook and Diner matches have been made, and 4,000 meals have been shared with older people through the project. If you would like to volunteer with Meal Makers in Renfrewshire you can sign up at www.mealmakers.org.uk or you can contact them on 0800 783 7770 or hello@mealmakers.org.uk

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