Delivering hot meals to your doorstep

Meals on Wheels is one of our longest standing and most recognised community activities – and one that is much appreciated by its recipients. More than just a carrier of hot meals, we deliver independence to many elderly and disabled people and those recovering from illness or hospital treatment.

But perhaps most importantly, the service provides much needed regular social contact for the Meals on Wheels recipients.

How it works

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 at New Zealand Red Cross is to coordinate volunteers to deliver the meals.

How to get Meals on Wheels

All referrals for this service come to us 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, are eligible to receive Meals on Wheels.


Older adult / Kaumātua

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Services Provided

Home support

Meals on wheels

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This page was last updated at 12:41PM on June 6, 2023.