22 Jan 2012

Pub looking to supply meals on wheels

8:31 am on 22 January 2012

A pub in England plans to fill a gap in meals on wheels services in Suffolk County.

The Five Bells in Hessett is looking for volunteers to help provide meals, alongside the existing service, if sponsors can be found.

County council subsidies for the service stopped in 2011 leading to a rise in meal prices from £3.55 to £5.

The BBC reports service is currently supplied through WRVS, a charity whose contract with the council expires next year.

Landlords Louise and David Anthony will hold a meeting at the pub on 6 February, to gauge how many people would help with the service.

They plan to start supplying meals to people living within a five-mile radius, from March.

The BBC reports the couple took inspiration from a recent Meals on Wheels TV series by The Hairy Bikers, which campaigned to keep the service.

''They were very inspirational," said Mr Anthony. ''Their whole concept is cooking fresh to order, which is what we do, but it's quality rather than rubbish food.

''I don't see any reason why somebody sitting at home who is elderly or disabled has to get lower standard food just because they're either a pensioner or unable to get out and about.''

The council said it was aware of the plan and would consider working with charity groups and private contractors from next year.