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meals on wheels

noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
a program, usually one supported or subsidized by a charitable, social, or government agency, for delivering hot meals regularly to elderly, disabled, or convalescing persons who are housebound and cannot cook for themselves.
Origin of meals on wheels
First recorded in 1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for meals on wheels

meals on wheels

(functioning as sing) (social welfare, Brit) a service, usually subsidized, and run by a social services department or voluntary body, which delivers hot meals to elderly or housebound people who might otherwise be unable to have them
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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