Press Release

Minister Máire Hoctor launches Report on the “Role and Future Development of the Meal-on-Wheels Service for Older People in Ireland”, commissioned by the National Council on Ageing and Older People

Máire Hoctor, T.D., Minister for Older People, today launched a report on the meals-on-wheels service in Ireland.

The report was commissioned by the National Council on Ageing and Older People and is the first comprehensive analysis of the meals-on-wheels service in Ireland. It presents the results of a national survey of meals-on-wheels providers along with the findings of interviews with service providers and clients. The research found that some 10,000 to 12,000 older people receive meals-on-wheels in Ireland.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Hoctor said “This report provides for the first time a snapshot of the meals-on-wheels service in Ireland. It gives a unique insight into the client and provider perceptions of the service, and supports the internationally recognised benefits that the service has for the health and general well-being of older people. It also highlights the importance of the service as a vital source of social contact and connectivity to the wider community”

The Report highlighted the important role of volunteers in the provision of the meals-on-wheels services. “The research found that almost 89% of those working with the service are volunteers and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge their invaluable contribution and applaud them for their generosity and commitment. The meals-on-wheels service is largely run by local people for local people and through this community involvement, a strong sense of community grows. That is a key value” the Minister added.