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

Bay of Plenty
Canterbury - Mid South
Canterbury - North
Central Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay - Napier
Kapiti Coast
Upper Hutt
Wairarapa - Masterton

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