Dorset In National Community Meals Week
9:16am 12th November 2014
Community meals services are being put at the top of the menu as Dorset has been taking part in this year's National Community Meals Week.
A road relay that's run by National Association of Care Catering stopped by Dorchester yesterday to drive home the message of how important these services are to the more vulnerable members of our community.
Dorset County Council is marking the week by providing food safety training for volunteers that run the hundred plus breakfast and lunch clubs across the county.
Cllr Jill Haynes, Cabinet member for adult social care, said: "We are pleased to be supporting National Community Meals Week, and fly the flag for this worthy service that plays such an important role in the community.
"The aim is to highlight the help and support available for older and vulnerable people who might otherwise struggle to remain independent.
"As well as providing delicious and nutritious meals, it also offers social interaction and 'safe and well' checks for those in need."
Not eating properly is a major cause of ill-health in the UK and Dorset, particularly among the elderly. In the UK, general malnutrition affects nearly a third of people over 65 and the cost is estimated to be in the region of £13 billion a year.
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