Meals on Wheels
Delivering hot meals to the doorstep
Our meals on wheels service is one of our longest-standing and most recognised Red Cross services in New Zealand.
This service supports elderly, ill and people with disabilities living at home who would otherwise struggle to provide healthy meals for themselves.
Delivering a hot meal every day also gives us the opportunity to provide regular social contact for those who may be isolated or elderly.
How we operate
All District Health Boards (DHBs) in New Zealand are required to provide nutritional support to the community by making low-cost, home-delivered hot meals available to residents.
The service is primarily intended to support those who have left the hospital, but in most areas it extends to any person in the community who could benefit from receiving the service.
Our role is to coordinate volunteers to deliver the meals.
How to get meals delivered
All referrals for this service must be made through the hospital or DHB. Please phone your GP for more information and to see if you, or the person you are enquiring on behalf of, is eligible to receive meals on wheels.
Volunteer to help deliver Meals on Wheels
Volunteering is a fun, rewarding experience. Being a meals on wheels driver involves delivering meals in your community for about an hour, one day a week, fortnight or month, depending on your availability.Sign up to help
Where Red Cross delivers Meals on Wheels
Along came Red Cross
Frank will always remember that first Red Cross parcel in 1942. It not only brought much needed supplies, it also brought the light at the end of a long and dark tunnel - hope for him and his fellow prisoners of war.
Meals on wheels
Programmes such as meals on wheels allow people to maintain their independence and quality of life, when age, disability or illness is making things increasingly difficult.