Food project tackling social isolation reaches out to older Fifers

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Meal Makers has delivered the staggering amount of meals to people over the age of 55 who are socially isolated.

The charity is a local neighbourhood food-sharing project that connects people who love to cook, with an older neighbour in a effort to tackle social-isolation.

The initiative is a part of the award-winning Scottish charity Food Train that aims to support older people to eat well, age well and live well.

Anyone over the age of 55 can take part and become a diner.

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Meal Makers diner, Jean Greenaway.Meal Makers diner, Jean Greenaway.
Meal Makers diner, Jean Greenaway.

They will be paired with a local cook and start receiving delicious homemade meals from a friendly neighbour.

Normally, the cook makes an extra portion of food for the diner and they share a meal together with the diner, but due to the ongoing pandemic, they have been dropping meals off and connected over the phone.

Carol Simmons, development officer with Meal Makers said: “At the start of the first lockdown last year all of our normal services stopped and everything came to a halt.

"Meal Makers adjusted the service delivered to diners and switched to phoning them instead of home visits to adhere to Covid restrictions.

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"In total over 1900 check in calls were made by 1031 volunteers with 13,075 cooked meals shared in 2020 throughout Scotland – what a huge achievement!”

Jean Greenaway, a Meal Makers diner from Dalgety Bay, said: “It’s been wonderful to look forward each week to a lovely home cooked meal and the cook’s company. It’s been the best thing I’ve ever signed up for.”

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