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Harrogate Neighbours celebrates Meals on Wheels Week

8th Nov 2021 - 06:00
To mark National Meals on Wheels Week, which took place from 1-5 November, Harrogate & Ripon Food Angels called upon a host of local ‘superheroes’ to deliver meals to the elderly.

Staff at local businesses, including Spirit of Harrogate, answered the call of non-for-profit organisation Harrogate Neighbours to deliver fresh, hot and home-cooked meals to those in need in true ‘superhero style’.

George Black, brand executive at Spirit of Harrogate, said: “As a company we have been volunteering for Harrogate & Ripon Food Angels for over a year. We think the support they provide to older people living in our community is incredible and a much-needed service in the area. 

“Dressing up as a superhero and delivering the meals during National Meals on Wheels Week was such fun, but the truth is, all the volunteers and the team behind the Harrogate & Ripon Food Angels are the true superheroes.”

Prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was reported that three million people in the UK had been affected by malnutrition in some way. Since the pandemic there are now over five million adults experiencing food insecurity, which can lead to nutritional health issues.

The Harrogate & Ripon Food Angels prepare and deliver 900 meals a week to communities in Harrogate, Ripon and Boroughbridge.

Sue Cawthray, chief executive of Harrogate Neighbours, said: “Although the campaign this year is cantered around ‘superheroes’, the true superheroes are our team of regular volunteers who deliver meals daily into the community. We could not provide the service we offer without them – they are the true unsung heroes. 

“Our service is an essential lifeline for so many people, so it is important that we continue to raise the profile of the Harrogate & Ripon Food Angels, particularly during National Meals on Wheels Week so we can support those who would benefit so much from the service we provide.”

Written by
Edward Waddell