Bangers gone from Meals onWheels
The classic Kiwi banger will no longer feature in Meals on Wheels dishes.
Compass Group, the provider of the meals, has made several changes to its menu after a 12 month review of their service, which involved receiving feedback from customers and delivery volunteers.
As a result 2017 will see the removal of sausages and a potatobased dish along with a change in packaging.
Meals on Wheels is a free or low cost Ministry of Health service set up to support people unable to prepare and cook a meal in their home.
General manager of Retail Meat New Zealand Antoinette Bisset said the removal of sausages doesn’t come as a surprise as menus changed all the time.
‘‘One thing we do believe through anecdotal evidence is that many customers of Meals on Wheels really enjoy a good sausage.’’
Compass Group spokeswoman Lauren Scott said the change in packaging involves a shift from a foil material to a recyclable plastic which could be more securely sealed. ‘‘It means at some point in the near future we can move to offering a hot or frozen meal because you can actually put this packaging in the microwave or the oven, which we couldn’t do with the previous packaging,’’ Scott Said.
This gave Compass greater flexibility in what it offered meal recipients, she said.
‘‘This is a little bit more modern, it’s a little bit more in line with what you might buy in the supermarket.’’
Scott said the packaging change came about because recipients were moving away from a tradition of having their main meal in the middle of the day. ‘‘As part of the meals on wheels specifications we have to offer a hot meal in the middle of the day but because of this packaging we’ll be able to go to offering a frozen meal as an alternative that people can heat at their leisure.
‘‘Rather than receiving a hot meal, popping it on the bench, leaving it until the evening and re-heating it which isn’t ideal.’’
Another change for 2017 will see an additional roast meal added to the menu, a meal that received positive feedback.
New Zealand Red Cross volunteers deliver around 620,000 Meals on Wheels meals a year.
Meals on Wheels volunteer Barry Thorn and Compass Group national development and innovation manager Lauren Scott with an example of the food it provides.