Contract terminated for meals on wheels

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A CHARITY which provides a meals-on-wheels service has called time on its council contract.

The Royal Voluntary Service was losing a ‘significant’ amount of money providing 4,400 meals a week to older and housebound people in West Sussex.

West Sussex County Council is trying to find a replacement quickly as the charity has served its one-year notice period.

David McCullough, chief executive of the Royal Voluntary Service, said: ‘Together with West Sussex County Council, the charity pioneered a new service because we wanted to offer the county’s older residents the best possible service; good quality food, delivered, plated and served by people who care.

‘We very much regret having to make this decision, but the operational reality of providing this service with the funds available, means the charity is losing significant amounts of money every day.

‘Unfortunately it isn’t sustainable to continue on this basis.’