30th celebration event for Notts meals service for older people
An event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nottinghamshire County Council producing and delivering meals to older and vulnerable people is taking place this week (Thursday 31 September).
County Enterprise Foods, which is based in Worksop, has produced around 23 million meals for local older people since it was set up by the Council in 1987.
The celebration event, which involves 100 attendees from the service’s past and present, also marks the retirement of County Enterprise Foods’ only ever team manager Elaine Coupland, 58, who was appointed when the production line first started.
Elaine has helped to provide employment opportunities to 46 people with disabilities at the production base during her management of the service, which currently employs 60 people including delivery drivers based at its Mansfield depot.
Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “This service was set up to produce meals using good quality ingredients and with a wide range of choice for people who struggle to make their own meals, and whilst there are other providers we are the only service that can deliver meals hot.
“Elaine has carried out a sterling job in making sure we meet this aim whilst moving with the times in catering for older people who now enjoy international cuisine as well as traditional meat and two veg, and has been passionate about providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”
Gladys Butler, 101 from Beeston, is the service’s longest serving customer and has used the service for 27 years. She said: “I’m very thankful since we had a menu and we can choose what we want each day.
“The drivers are very good, too, and helpful. They make sure you are OK and will post a letter and help open things for you.”
Around 1,500 residents currently use the service, which offers a wide range of meals to choose from which can either be delivered to their doorstep hot or frozen.
The meals on offer are tasty and nutritious, varied and made from scratch locally using fresh ingredients and seasonal vegetables.
Prior to County Enterprise Foods the Council delivered meals that were made by other providers.
Every month the service uses around 218kg of fish, 335kg of peas and 225kg of plain flour.