Helping older people to eat well, age well and live well independently at home for as long as they wish.
Meal Makers is a subsidiary of the award winning Scottish Charity Food Train. Food Train is an innovative volunteer-led grocery shopping delivery service which brings vital fresh food to vulnerable older people in need. Since launching in 1995, Food Train has gone from strength to strength over the years and has expanded into 9 regions in Scotland and now supports over 1,600 older people with the tremendous help of over 600 volunteers.
Meal Makers is a local neighbourhood food-sharing project that connects people who love cooking, and who are happy to share an extra portion of home cooked food, with an older neighbour who would really appreciate a freshly prepared meal and a friendly chat. By turning an everyday activity into a volunteering opportunity, Meal Makers strengthens connections within communities and provides a flexible way for people to volunteer their time and skills locally in a way which suits them.
Meal Makers was founded in 2014 after Food Train CEO Michelle Carruthers MBE travelled to several community projects across the UK to look for a solution that helps older people to eat well and age well in their own homes. That’s where she discovered the Casserole Club that was designed by Future Gov. She then took that back to Scotland and adapted to suit the needs of older people and that’s the platform we have now. Meal Makers started in Dundee and has expanded to over 10 local authorities in Scotland.