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Meal Makers

Sharing food and friendship with an older neighbour

Posted by Fife Food Network on 15/10/2019

Meal Makers is a local neighbourhood food-sharing initiative that uses an online platform to connect volunteers of any age who have a passion for cooking and want to be active in their communities (Cooks), with older neighbours over the age of 55 (Diners) who would appreciate a home cooked meal. Once a Cook and Diner have been matched the Cook will prepare an extra meal in their own home and deliver it to their Diner at a time agreed by both parties. Meal shares can occur as often as the cook and diner would like, so it might be weekly, fortnightly or just now and again.


An estimated 1 in 10 older people in Scotland are affected by malnutrition linked to age and frailty which affects their ability to eat as they wish. There has also been a link between loneliness and isolation and eating well. Meal Makers aims to tackle these issues directly by utilising their team of friendly Cooks to support someone in their community to eat well and age well.


Sign up online today at www.mealmakers.org.uk

Or call us on 0800 783 7770




“The people of Fife have been fantastic in their response to Meal Makers. Since the start of the year we’ve had over 60 people sign up to make a home-cooked meal for an older neighbour. However, we need more Cooks as the demand from older people increases. Signing up takes 5 minutes and can be done online at www.mealmakers.org.uk alternatively you could call us at 0800 783 7770. It’s a fun and flexible way of supporting someone in your local community. Alternatively if you know someone who could benefit from a home cooked meal and some company please get in touch.”


Alister Reid – Service Manager for Meal Makers


Facts & Figures

  • Meal Makers started in 2014

  • Meal Makers is a part of the award winning charity Food Train

  • Core funding is from the Scottish Government and People’s Postcode Lottery

  • Since inception Meal Makers has helped facilitate over 800 pairings between Cooks and Diners throughout Scotland and over 19,000 meals have been shared.

  • Meal Makers aims to tackle loneliness, isolation and malnutrition amongst older people.

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