The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling cabinet is next week set to scrap the council’s long-running “Meals-on-Wheels” service – the hot-meals service for elderly and infirm people who are unable to cook for themselves.
The meals currently provided are frozen ready-meals bought from a company called “Apetito” which are heated in the kitchen of Rondel House, Barry, by Vale staff cooks / drivers and then delivered in insulated boxes across the Vale .
The number served has steadily dwindled to just 45 customers each weekday – compared with the 112 customers a day being provided in 2012. It’s now being recommended that “alternative ways” are found to ensuring needs were met by “signposting” to alternative suppliers such as the social enterprise ” The Food Shed”.
The Food Shed says it has “developed a partnership” with HMP Parc Prison, Bridgend and the prison’s associated Young Offenders Institute – to cook its meals every day . But there’s more on the menu than just porridge. Every day there’s “a choice of a meat, fish or vegetarian meal – including a pudding” for £4.75, including free delivery in the Bridgend area.
At Cardiff Prison, inmates cook meals for the general public in its “Clink” restaurant – situated just outside the main walls of the prison. However the Vale Council has been told that Cardiff Council is not to adopt a similar policy to the Vale and has decided to continue with its own council-provided Meals on Wheels Service.