The challenges of providing meals for the elderly
With MAP prepacking, the food is packaged in topsealed portion packaging and refrigerated. The food can keep for up to sixteen days, and the senior citizens are able to heat the food in their oven or microwave when it suits them best.
In several places, senior citizens have been supplied with menus listing a variety of starters, main courses and desserts. This gives them the opportunity to choose the meals which suit them best, and to have starters or desserts delivered depending on how they feel. MAP prepacking preserves food quality and vitamins, ensuring that each person has a healthy diet. In addition to being able to choose between many different dishes, it is easier for the food supplier to tailor the dishes to meet the needs of people with diabetes allergies or other conditions, people who find it difficult to chew their food or people with other dietary needs. This means that the requirements and wishes of almost everyone can be met.
Meals on wheels usually requires daily deliveries of hot food for those people with restricted mobility. However in many cases that is not needed and there is a high impact on the environment in terms of CO2 emissions. With MAP prepacked packaging, deliveries need only take place once a week as the shelf-life is longer and the senior citizens can heat the food when they want to eat. At the same time, the MAP solution saves precious water as there is no washing up. Faerch Plast has customers who have seen their water consumption fall by 50 per cent. Moreover, the packaging is produced from a monomaterial where more than 99 per cent of the raw materials are used or reused in production and which, after use, can be recycled to produce new energy. This also helps to protect the environment. Switching to PET MAP prepacking can help to solve the challenges facing providers of meals to the elderly. It can benefit the environment and the bottom line.