Preparing Meals

Nutritious foods and an active lifestyle can help achieve optimal health throughout life. Poor nutrition, skipping a meal or not eating enough can cause dizziness, weakness, lightheadedness and reduced concentration. All of these can increase the likeness of a fall.

We understand that it may not always be easy to prepare nutritious meals for yourself. If you are unable to prepare your own meals, here are suggestions of some other ways you can get a meal.

Help from family and friends

Consider family members or friends that may be able to help. They may be able to come round and prepare meals for you, or freeze pre-portioned meals for you to defrost and eat at a later dateThey may also be able to place orders online for nutritious ready meals and have them delivered.

Meal deliveries

Meal deliveries are a great way to make sure you get at least 1 good meal a day. Here are some companies that offer this service in the city of Manchester:

Wiltshire Farm Foods Manchester 

Wiltshire Farm Foods have over 340 recipes to choose from. All meals are delivered frozen, and their local drivers will help pack the meals into your freezer if you like. All meals can be cooked straight from frozen.

You can find out more, or place an order, on The Wiltshire Farm Foods Website. Alternatively, you can call 0161 249 6700 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)

Oakhouse Foods

Oakhouse Foods provide a home delivery service, and have more than 350 frozen ready meals for you to choose from. Options include beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish, and vegetarian dishes. Plus a range of frozen ready meals to suit special dietary requirements, such as gluten free and low sugar.

To shop online or find out more about their service, visit the Oakhouse Foods website. Alternatively, you can call 0161 761 1664 (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)

Lunch and Dinner clubs

Food is always better in good company, and there are many community groups in Manchester. Some examples include: 

Northmoor Community Diner

Based in Longsight, the Northmoor Community Association offer lunch for £1, 12-2pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. You can find out more by visiting the Lunch Clubs page on the Housing Care website, call them on 0161 248 6823, or email

Community Café (Tree of Life Centre)

Based in Wythenshawe, the community café offers healthy meals at an affordable price. You can find out more by visiting the Community Café page, call them on 0161 437 7623, or email

Brooklands Church of the Nazarene Community Meal

Open to all regardless of background or circumstances, Church of the Nazarene in Wythenshawe offer a free meal every Wednesday 5-6pm. 

Address: Wendover road, Manchester, M23 9FN. You can find out more by visiting the Brooklands Church website or email info

Indian Senior Citizens Club

The Indian Senior Citizens Club (ISCC) are based in Whalley Range and offer culturally sensitive day resource services for the elderly Indian community, including a luncheon club that offers nutritious, freshly cooked vegetarian meals. 

You can find out more by visiting the ISCC website, call them on 0161 232 0999, 0161 232 7994, 0161 232 1070, or email

Irish Community Care

Irish Community Care three lunch clubs, each in North, Central and South Manchester. 

You can find out more by visiting the Irish Community Care website.

African Caribbean Care Group 

The African Caribbean Care Group are based in Hulme, and offer a range of activities to older people, including a luncheon club. 

You can find more by visiting the African Caribbean Care Group page, or call them on  0161 226 6334.


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