CHARITY Emmaus has delivered three meals a day to an average of 40 people in Torremolinos since it took over the town’s food aid service in January 2016.
The contract to provide the meals was due to expire in December last year but has now been extended to December 2017. The charity provides breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for those aged over 65, people with reduced mobility or those facing temporary difficult circumstances.
Emmaus, which collaborates with the Council’s Social Services Department to provide the service, is said to be managing it well, with more than eighty-five per cent of users expressing their satisfaction. More than fifty per cent of meal recipients also said their health had improved since using the service.
Pedro Perez, Councillor for Social Services, said, “The in-home food service allows elderly people who have little independence or are on a low income to remain in their own home and normal lifestyle for as long as possible with the security of heaving healthy, balanced and varied food.” A spokesperson from Emmaus added “the service also helps to prevent accidents that could result from users handling and preparing their own food.”
Torremolinos’ food services also extend to the young, with children at risk of social alienation also fed through the council’s Food Guarantee Plan.