Nearly four million meals delivered in 10 years

Published: 20 Sep 2017

A service which has chalked up 10 years of helping Hertfordshire’s residents to live independently has been congratulated by the county council.

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) was established with the council’s support in 2007 as the first ever meals on wheels social enterprise – starting off with one site in Letchworth, and just two vehicles.

Ten years on, it is now the largest and most successful not-for-profit meals on wheels service in the country. With 68 vehicles and four sites across Hertfordshire, HILS provides a wide range of independent living services, supporting people to remain healthy, happy and independent at home, 365 days a year.

Councillor Colette Wyatt-Lowe, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “HILS has literally changed the lives of tens of thousands of older, disabled and vulnerable people in Hertfordshire for the better.

“It has done so much to help tackle loneliness and malnutrition in the community and I would like to wish them all the best for the next 10 years and beyond!”

The organisation will be celebrating the milestone this Friday (22) when staff and invited guests, including county councillors, will gather to mark the occasion at Knebworth House.  Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Adult Care Services, Iain MacBeath will be one of the keynote speakers at the event. 

For more details about HILS please visit:, call 0330 2000 103 or email