Supporting older people to live independently at home within their own communities

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Meals4Health, the social enterprise that provides fresh ready meals to suit the dietary needs of older people and those needing specialised nutritional support, has been announced as winner of the Social Enterprise of the Year at the Charity Impact Awards.

At an awards ceremony held remotely online, it was announced that the Galway based social enterprise won the prestigious national award.

The Charity Impact Awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate Irish charities, community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises that have changed Ireland and the world for the better. The award ceremony was held virtually this year and hosted by Irish actor and director Tara Flynn with special appearances by Ray D’arcy, Sonia O’Sullivan, Colm O’Regan, Daniel O’Donnell.

Geraldine Ryan, co-founder of Meals4Health, said this on announcement of the award: “Winning the Charity Impact Social Enterprise Award is an enormous recognition of the great work our Meals4Health team do every day; recognition that we are on the right path, recognition of the hard work of our staff and our volunteers, and recognition of the importance of supporting the nutritional needs of older people, so that they can live well and age well at home. This award enhances the credibility and awareness of the Meals4Health brand, enabling us to connect with more people, support those who need us and make a bigger contribution to achieving positive social change.  We are very grateful to all those who voted for us over the last few weeks.”

Meals4Health supports older people to live independently at home within their own communities for as long as possible. The social enterprise prepares and delivers fresh-made meals to older people in their own homes.

Established in 2018, the organisation has witnessed a 300% increase in demand during the 2020 pandemic; to date Meals4Health have produced and delivered over 16,500 meals across the West of Ireland this year.

Meals can be ordered by phone or via the Meals4Health website (www.meals4health.ie), where customers, a family member or carer can browse, order, add special requirements and pay for meals easily online. Meals are delivered by local delivery drivers or by courier anywhere in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo; Meals4Health have plans to extend their delivery service further afield in Ireland throughout 2021.

For more information on Meals4Health, visit www.meals4health.ie  or follow on social media @meals4healthirl

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