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During the Coronavirus we are looking to expand our Delivered Meals service for those who are vulnerable and finding it difficult to find food in the supermarkets. Please call us on 1300 819 200 if you or someone you know if in this situation.
Unfortunately, we have put all our volunteer programs on hold for the safety of all our volunteers. Meals are continued to be delivered by AccessCare staff at this time.
Delivered meals are available to people who have difficulty accessing nutritious meals regularly at home and who may benefit from regular contact with Council personnel. There may be many reasons why you are no longer preparing meals at home. Kingston Council has one dedicated kitchen located in Bonbeach which deliver healthy, delicious meals directly to your door to support residents living within the City of Kingston remain independent and in their home.
Looking after your wellbeing is our priority. A vitally important aspect of our delivered meals service is the support you will receive in the event you are not home as expected. Any time a knock at the door goes unanswered when meals are delivered as planned, our dedicated team follow this up with a phone call to your nominated contact person to ensure you are safe.
What's on the menu?
Our menus are carefully developed to provide you with a choice of nutritious, delicious meals. Each day of the week you can select from a range of delicious main meals and desserts.
In most cases, special dietary requirements and allergies can be accommodated. To meet your dietary needs, correspondence from your dietitian and/or GP is requested and retained on file for future reference. If you have any additional dietary requirements influenced by your cultural and/or religious beliefs please raise them with the kitchen supervisor. Whenever possible we will endeavour to provide you with a suitable meal.
Recent changes to our supplier
Ranahans Fine Foods were commenced supplying our Delivered Meals last November 2019. Ranahan's are a family owned and operated company that has been operating for over two generations. With Ranahans Fine Food we are able to offer you the following benefits with your Delivered Meals service:
- New 8 week menu with more meal choices to select from.
- Long term stable supplier, giving you consistency with your meals service.
- Flexible menu that allows each course to be purchased separately so you are only paying for the course you choose.
- Appealing and tasty texture modified meal options for those with various health conditions.
When are meals delivered?
All meals are delivered Monday to Friday and include your Saturday and Sunday meal choices. You can be confident that all meals (hot or cold) have been prepared, stored and transported in accordance with current food safety guidelines, with our qualified staff following all relevant procedures.
Sample weekly menu
Our fresh meals are delivered daily and are easy to heat up. Here's a sample of the tasty and nutritious meals we now have on offer throughout a typical week:
Main meals $10 each
Desserts $2, soups $1.75
Roast beef and gravy
Sweet potato and bacon quiche
Cheesy vegetable rolls (V)
Banana cake and custard
Two fruits & custard
Tropical jelly & fruit
Spring vegetable soup
Roast chicken and gravy
Baked fish with cream and herb sauce
Savoury mince & rice
Roast vegetable tart (V)
Apple & sultana cake & custard
Apricots & custard
Stawberry jelly & fruit
Beef vegetable & potato soup
Roast pork, apply sauce & gravy
Italian meatballs & napoli sce & pasta
Spanish omelette (V)
Lamington & cream
Apricot sponge & custard
Apples & custard
Pinapple jelly & fruit
Roast lamb, mint sauce & gravy
Tuna mornay & rice
Pasta alfredo (V)
Carrot cake & custard
Peaches & custard
Orange jelly & fruit
Roast turkey, cranberry sauce & gravy
Vegetable burger (V)
Date & pear cake & custard
Fruit salad & custard
Rasberry jelly & fruit
Chicken & sweet corn soup
Texture modified meals
If you have difficulty swallowing or chewing due to a health condition such as a stroke, Parkinson's disease, cancer, dementia or other condition you may need to eat what's known as texture modified meals. This is where the meal is soft and pureed prior to serving so it can be easily swallowed. There is a risk of choking, malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia, for people with swallowing difficulties, so texture modified meals are extremely important.
In some cases, pureed food is simply served as it is, lumped into a heap on the plate which isn't appealing to eat. As a consequence people eat less, lose weight and don't get the nutrition they need. They can also experience anxiety around food.
Our texture modified meals taste great and are also appetizing with food being pureed and then reassembled so that foods look like the original form, making eating a meal a much more pleasant experience, as it should be. Here are some of our texture modified meals:
- Roast Chicken with Gravy & Vegetables
- Roast Lamb with Gravy & Vegetables
- Roast Beef with Gravy & Vegetables
- Apricot Chicken & Vegetables
- Salmon, Lemon Sauce & Vegetables
- Chicken & Spinach Ravioli w Tomato Sauce & Vegetables
- Beef Stroganoff & Vegetables
- Shepherds Pie & Vegetables
- Rissoles & Onion Gravy with Vegetables
- Pumpkin & Pea Pudding, Beetroot Sauce & Vegetables
Reducing loneliness with delivered meals
With our service we encourage a daily delivery service as we know that this reduces loneliness and reduces the chances of falls or being admitted to hospital. It's the daily contact with a volunteer who is delivering the meal that is so vital, ensuring social contact and connection each and every day of the week. It's also very reassuring for families to know that their loved one is being checked in on daily and they will be called if the door goes unanswered. Research by Kali Thomas from Brown University in the United States looked at the effect of home meal delivery on quality of life, beyond providing essential nutrition.
Our research supports the hypothesis that the delivery, in addition to the meal itself, has numerous positive impacts on clients’ lives, said Dr Thomas
Am I eligible?
Delivered meals are available to people who have difficulty accessing nutritious meals at home on a regular basis. The Delivered Meals service provides nutritional meals to eligible City of Kingston residents who would benefit from improved nutrition and/or regular monitoring during the delivery process.
Is there a fee?
A client contribution (fee) is charged for each meal, dessert and soup ordered. A monthly account will be sent to you or your nominated financial representative. Direct debit payment options are available.
For more information or find out if you are eligible for Delivered Meals please call 1300 819 200