Meals on Wheels

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Commmunity Catering Service

The Meals on Wheels service was implemented in the village 20 years ago by Canon Reuben Butler and the Going Strong Active Retirement Group and has been operating from Cafe Fergus since 2010. The project commenced with supplying 10 meals to local people in the Newmarket on Fergus area and currently supplies 35 meals per day five days per week in the Newmarket on Fergus area. Due to a high demand we have extended our production facilities to cater for other areas in South Clare. The service is available to anyone who might not be in a position to cook for themselves due to old age or ill health. These meals are cooked fresh daily at Café Fergus our Community Café.

Fr Tom Fitzpartrick presents Hugh Tuohy, chairperson of Meals on Wheels, with the key to a new van at the Newmarket On Fergus Family Centre. Also pictured are Pat Cronin, manager of Obair Newmarket On Fergus, Canon Reuben Butler and members of the Obair organisation. Photograph by Declan Monaghan

Fr Tom Fitzpartrick presents Hugh Tuohy, chairperson of Meals on Wheels, with a new van. Also pictured are Pat Cronin, manager Canon Reuben Butler and members of the Obair organisation. Photograph by Declan Monaghan

The meals are healthy, varied, nutritious and are cooked to strict HACCP standards. Each person receives a daily hot meal and also a choice of either soup or a dessert. We not only deliver in the Newmarket on Fergus area but with our new extended facilities in Café Fergus we are now delivering to the following areas: Clarecastle, Quin, Doora, Kilkishen, Sixmilebridge, Kilmurry, Bunratty and Cratloe.

We have a team of volunteers that support the service and offer a friendly face to those availing of the Meals on Wheels. Community Catering is vital to our area and we have seen the benefits it provides down through the years, delivering not only a hot meal but also a chat or a check in. It provides peace of mind for anyone with elderly relatives who might be living a distance away from their families or working full time. This has been an invaluable service to the people of Newmarket on Fergus and we are delighted to have the facilities to extend the service out to other areas.

Availing of the Service

Local Volunteers on Community Catering Service

Local Volunteers on Community Catering Service

The meals are available to anyone who might not be able to cook for themselves. If you or a loved one would like to avail of this service you can contact us at Obair by phone or email environment@obair.org. Alternatively you can call in to us at Café Fergus for a chat. We will give you an application form to fill in some basic details and an emergency contact number. Once this form is returned to us and application is approved you can start using the service.

 Quality Food

The meals that you receive are cooked fresh at Café Fergus, our Community Café. The meals are healthy, varied, nutritious and are cooked to strict HACCP standards. While we don’t have a set menu our meals are your typical wholesome Irish dinners. We know a lot of people do not eat meat on a Friday and we serve a beautiful fresh fish dish every Friday. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know and we can cater where possible.

Cost of the Service

The cost of each meal is €5. Each meal consists of your daily hot dinner as well as either a soup or a desert. You don’t have to commit to having a meal 5 days a week and can pick your days. We can also deliver a meal for you for Saturday, which will be delivered cold on a Friday.

Delivery

We not only deliver in the Newmarket on Fergus area but with our new extended facilities in Café Fergus we now deliver to the following areas: Clarecastle, Quin/Clooney, Doora, Kilkishen, Sixmilebridge, Kilmurry, Bunratty, Cratloe.

Get Involved:

Obairs Community Catering Service relies on the support of a fantastic team of volunteers. If you would like to get involved as a Fundraising Volunteer you can call us on (061) 368030 or alternatively fill out the application here Volunteer Application Form and email to eimear.murphy@obair.org. Postal Address Obair, Ennis Rd., Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare.

Availing of the Service:

Download an Application Form

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