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Meals and meals services

If you are experiencing health problems you may be struggling to get out to the shops, or be able to prepare meals for yourself at home. There are a number of options which can help you to have a nutritious meal every day. On this page we have provided some suggestions and information on how you can continue to have a healthy, balanced diet, and to enjoy your food, even if you find it hard to get out and about, or are no longer able to prepare a meal for yourself.

If you are struggling to get to the shops, or to prepare food, you may be struggling with other things too. There is information and help on these pages below to help you stay independent and well at home.

There are a whole range of gadgets and devices which have been specially designed to allow people with disabilities and health problems to be more independent in the kitchen. You may find that these can make all the difference in allowing you to prepare food for yourself rather than relying on others to do it for you.

Go to our Equipment to help at home page to see what's available.

If you are finding it difficult to prepare a hot main meal for yourself, and you are able to use an oven or microwave, you could consider buying ready meals. Ready meals are pre-prepared meals which you can buy at your local supermarket or other supplier and simply need heating up in the cooker or microwave. They come chilled or frozen so you’d need to either eat them on the day or have a freezer to store them in. A neighbour, family member or friend might be able to buy them for you if you have difficulty getting out

Ready meals are available for people with all dietary needs. These can include diabetic, low fat, low salt, low sugar, gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan meals.

Although ready meals can be very handy, you should always read the label to make sure you're maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.

If you have an allergy or food intolerance, or require a special diet, please make sure you check the ingredients of the meals before buying.

If you are having trouble getting out and about there are ways to ensure that you get the food and other shopping which you need.

Community shopping and other transport services

Many boroughs have a Community Shopping Service which will help you to get safely to and from the shops.

And you may be able to use services such as Dial-A-Ride or the Taxicard scheme to get to or from the shops.

Help from your supermarket or local store

Many of the big supermarkets will help you shop if you have difficulties - either by escorting you around the supermarket if you are using a wheelchair, or by collecting the products for you. Contact the supermarkets direct to find out more.

And some local food shops will deliver food to your home for a small charge - give them a ring and see what they say.

Internet supermarket shopping

Supermarkets now have a home shopping delivery service which you can access on-line:-

* These supermarkets have a delivery subscription offer, where for a set subscription fee per month, as long as you order above their minimum order value the delivery would not be an extra charge  (Please check the details of the offer from the individual supermarkets offers as they may have restrictions)

Getting someone else to help

Don't be shy of asking trusted friends or neighbours to collect shopping for you; many will be very happy to help and will be pleased to be asked.

Or you can arrange for someone to go with you to the shops, or to do your shopping for you - see our Support in your home page for information on how to arrange this.

Grocery delivery apps

There has been a recent boom in startups, all promising to deliver groceries to your front door within minutes of ordering. The Lovemoney website has a review of these with breakdown of service, charges and sample pricing*.

* Please be aware that individual grocery item prices may be higher than in your local supermarket and there may also be delivery charges 

Click here for a full downloadable list of home meal delivery options and costs

These companies can deliver batches of prepared ready meals to your door. Some are frozen, and some do not require freezing:

  • Wiltshire Farm Foods can deliver batches of frozen meals to your home on a regular basis, and provide a wide variety of options for people with different tastes or dietary needs

  • COOK  can deliver batches of frozen meals to your home and also have stores in London 

  • Oakhouse Foods can deliver batches of frozen meals to your home and have a range of foods for specialist requirements

  • Parsley Box have developed a range of specially packed food which can be stored in a cupboard, without a need for a fridge or freezer, that can be heated in a few minutes in a microwave

  • Jamaica on Ice (JOI) provides a frozen Caribbean food range that can be delivered to your address in London with free delivery (subject to minimum purchase amount) 

If you have an allergy or food intolerance or require a special diet, please make sure you check the ingredients of the meals before ordering from these companies.

Local Charities

In Deep Community Taskforce has a weekly lunch delivery service to local elderly people in SW1 area.

Below are some of the Lunch clubs operating in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.  Please contact them for more information and book your place (if required).

The Pepper Pot Club, 1a Thorpe Close, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5XL
The Pepper Pot Centre’s kitchen is open for breakfast from 10:00-11:00 and for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Delicious freshly cooked, hot, and nutritious African and Caribbean meals are available every day, from Monday to Friday at just £5 for members and £6 for non-members. 

Open Age

  • Second Half Centre, St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Exmoor Street, North Kensington, London,  W10 6DZ 
    • Men's Space: Lunch and Cookery  : Learn how to make a meal in this informal lunch & cooking group for men aged 50+ only to cook - then share the food that has been made.  12:30pm to 2pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month (term time). £2.00.  Register with Open Age and Need to book  - call Russell - 020 8962 5583

  • Open Age (North Westminster), The Avenues, 3-7 Third Avenue, London, W10 4RS
    • Monthly Fish N' Chip Fridays : 50+ Fish n Chip lunch and Tea & Coffee, Condiments and Bread & Butter all thrown in!  Second Friday of month : 12:15pm to 1:30pm. Cost £5. Register with Open Age and Need to book  - call 07717201791 

St Peter's Church, Elgin Avenue, Paddington, London, W9 2DB 

  • Breakfast club (called “Tea & Toast”)  they serve a cooked English breakfast for £2, it runs from 10am –12 noon and it’s open to everyone who need them. Thursdays, 10am to 12pm.  They also deliver cooked lunches/dinners and provide hot or ready re-heatable meals/take-ways on Saturday afternoons.  For more information, call 0207 289 2011

In Deep, Grosvenor Hall, Vincent Street, London, SW1P 4HB 
Contact: 07761263105 or emma.chapman@in-deep.org.uk 

  • Over 50s lunch home delivery – call to order. Wednesdays, 12.00-2.15pm.  Offering a home delivered jacket potato with various fillings and salad every Wednesday for £2.50.  Orders must be placed before Tuesday lunchtime. Text 07761263105
  • Monthly dinner
    Westminster Kingsway College, 76 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PD -  Usually fourth Saturday of the month, 12.00pm – 3.00pm. Call to confirm. A tasty three-course meal and consists of soup, topside of beef and Yorkshire pudding or roast chicken and stuffing, roast potatoes, three veg and a glass of wine and live entertainment. Open to everyone 21+

Equal People, 73 St Charles Square, London W10 6EG
Contact : 020 8964 5444 or  sledgister@equalpeoplemencap.org.uk 
Provides a Healthy cooking session £3 per person maximum 10 people.  Drop in Every Tuesday, 1-4pm for residents within RBKC

Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, 1 Thorpe Close, London, W10 5XL.
Contact : activities@aukc.org.uk  or 020 8969 9105 (option 3)
Holds a weekly Lunch Club at the The Blackbird Pub (209 Earl’s Court Road, SW5 9AN) on Mondays, 12pm - 1.30pm during term time. Cost £7.50 for meal with drink. 

Last updated: 18/05/2022