We’d like to share with you some information via DorsetForYou and POPP on meals delivery, lunch clubs, shopping services and foodbanks in Dorset. You may not need short-term help from a food bank but there is plenty of free advice and support to help you shop, cook and eat well – especially if mobility, illness or age-related issues make access to good nutrition difficult.

Historically, the main source of help with eating was the ‘meals on wheels’ service provided in Dorset by the RVS. Although this was a useful service, it did not meet everyone’s need. Some people like to have meals delivered to their homes, others would rather eat out in company and some just need help with shopping. Because of this, DorsetForYou has developed a range of services to replace the traditional ‘meals on wheels’. These services are described below:

Help with shopping

Many of the main supermarkets in Dorset offer help with your shopping. Examples include:
1. Free transport to the store
2. A customer assistant to help you shop
3. Help with packing
4. Wheelchair or scooter loan
5. Carrying shopping out to your transport

For those stores that do not offer transport, there are a number of community bus schemes in Dorset that will take you to supermarkets and other shops. Most supermarkets have a shop on line and delivery service. You will need access to the internet to make use of this facility. Alternatively, perhaps a friend or relative could order on your behalf. One supermarket (Sainsbury’s) offers a telephone shopping service for customers who do not have internet access. Details of all these services are on the DorsetForYou Eating Opportunities website.

Meal Delivery Services

There are a number of companies that offer a meal delivery service in Dorset. The meals can be hot, frozen or chilled and can be delivered to your door on the days you choose and on a temporary or permanent basis. Why not try a few as part of your regular diet? Many of the meal providers are able to cater for special diets. If you have certain requirements please ask your local supplier if they can help. Dorset POPP produces a directory of companies that provide a meal delivery service – visit the website for more details.

Lunch clubs

There are over 100 lunch clubs for the over 50’s in Dorset. For many people, these provide a social occasion as well as an important part of their diet. In some cases, transport to the club can be provided. If not, there is a community transport service in Dorset. Find details of lunch clubs and eating out opportunities online.


Anyone experiencing food poverty due to crisis or emergency may be able to seek short term access to food through their local foodbank (conditions apply). Get access to the latest food bank directory for Dorset.

For more details contact your POPP Community Development Worker for Access to Food & Nutrition advice.