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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels are available by referral from your General Practice team or another health professional. The service is designed to provide a freshly cooked hot dinner meal at midday for those that find it difficult to prepare or access a hot meal. Meals consist of a hot main dish served with seasonal vegetables and a dessert.

Where are Meals on Wheels available?

  • Meals are prepared daily by Hillmorton Hospital Food Services, Lincoln Hospitality and Rangiora Hospital for distribution in Christchurch, Lincoln, Kaiapoi and Rangiora.
  • There is an administration office at Hillmorton Hospital.

How often are meals delivered?

  • Meals can be arranged for three, four or five days per week, Monday to Friday, excluding weekends and Public Holidays.
  • Meals are delivered between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm by Red Cross Volunteers.

Do you cater for special diets?

Many special dietary requirements can be accommodated. Diabetic, allergies, gluten-free, soft, minced, pureed, lactose-free, vegetarian to name just a few.

How do I pay for meals on wheels?

  • Meals are subsidised and cost $6.80 per meal.
  • Clients are invoiced at the end of each month and can pay the Canterbury DHB by monthly direct credit or by an automatic payment each week/fortnight.
  • Clients do not pay the volunteer Red Cross drivers.


  • If you have any queries about Meals on Wheels, please phone us on 03 335 4443 (For internal enquiries from CDHB staff call extension 34443).
  • You can also email us at

Page last updated: 22 July 2020

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