It was an absolute joy to visit Meals 4 Health, a social enterprise on a mission driven approach. The important of social enterprises lies in their ability to blend business acumen with social responsibility, offering a sustainable and holistic approach to community development.
Sharon Fitzpatrick and Geraldine Ryan are co-founders of Meals4Health and have led each step of its development – from identification of need and idea conception, through to product development, brand creation, acquisition of funding, customer discovery and channel development.
Geraldine, with a BA in culinary arts and many years’ experience supporting the nutritional needs of older people, drives product development and the daily management of the Meals4Health team, production and delivery, while Sharon with her business background, leads on strategy, funding, and communications.
This social enterprise operates as a business, meals are sold at affordable prices which helps sustain the social service provided to older people while also providing opportunities for social and community employment.
Surplus generated by sales is reinvested back into the business to help support more older people to eat well, live well and age well at home within their own communities.
Community employment opportunities provides training, upskilling for individuals who are long term unemployed or may need additional supports in the workplace.
Surpluses generated by Meals4health income is re-invested back into the business to support growth and work towards a future where every older person is supported to age well at home within their local communities for as long as possible.
Social enterprise is part of the wider “social economy”, which includes a diversity of organisations like charities, community and voluntary groups, foundations, coops, networks, etc.