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THE Royal Voluntary Service has been awarded a major new council contract.

Meals on Wheels will be carried out by the service in West Sussex from November for the next five years.

The new contract will give clients a choice of lunch or teatime deliveries.

The service will also see the meals delivered every day of the year to all parts of West Sussex, including weekends and bank holidays.

Customers will also be shown how to heat the meals if they wish and a volunteer can visit every day as part of the service’s safe and well checks.

Councillor Peter Catchpole, who is in charge of adult social care and health at West Sussex County Council, said: ‘We have enjoyed a long working relationship with Royal Voluntary Service and that will now continue for the coming years.

‘We can assure customers they will still be able to enjoy high quality, tasty meals that meet their nutritional needs.’