The food is something to look forward to: Ivy’s story

9th November 2017

Ivy is in her 80s and comes to Millman Street Community Centre every day for lunch, and to spend time with her friends. Social isolation affects many older people, and, coupled with malnourishment, which is also common, can dramatically increase the risk of physical and mental decline. The Community Centre relies on its weekly delivery of FareShare food to create healthy nutritious meals for the older people who visit the centre every day.

“I first came here when my husband died. I was married to him for 22 years and he was brilliant. I’ve got no family, there were 28 of us but they’re all gone. Now I’ve been coming to the community centre for 12 years. I spend time with friends and neighbours, we all enjoy it so. I come every day – 9am till 3pm. It’s something to do.

The people down here are so lovely, and the staff are brilliant. So are all the volunteers. We all talk about what we’ve been up to. It’s nice to have something to do, it’s like therapy really.
We get lots of different types of meals here. We have curry, lamb, beef and chicken quite a lot and things like meatballs. The variation is really good.

The food is something to look forward to. It’s nice that you haven’t got to do it all yourself although I do cook when people come round. I’ve always cooked, because my mother was a top chef and she taught me how. But it’s nice to have a break and come down here.”

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