2 Feb 2016

Meals on Wheels recipients vote with feet

8:18 pm on 2 February 2016

More people are cancelling their Meals on Wheels across Otago and Southland, as the number of complaints about the quality of the food continues to climb.

Southern DHB volunteer Liz Green described this meal, provided by the Compass Group, as "incredibly salty" and "very watery".

One of the Compass Group Meals on Wheels meals. Photo: SUPPLIED

Forty-four clients are refusing the service, with one delivery volunteer describing the dishes as something she wouldn't give to her dog.

Compass Group took over the contract from Southern District Health Board about two weeks ago.

Compass manager Lauren Scott said they would taste test some of the meals.

"One of the things that we have undertaken to do over the next couple of days is actually have our service manager attend some of those meals on wheels runs and look at the meals as they're received by the recipients.

"We've done a number of tastings with community groups and also DHB stakeholders at the point at which we release the meals, and the quality of those meals hasn't raised any concerns to date," Ms Scott said.