Background. This project responds to feedback from Council's Aged Care clients that the current delivered meals model does not meet their meal needs or preferences. Loneliness and social isolation exacerbated by COVID restrictions are also significant challenges for this cohort. This represents an opportunity to explore the intersection of meals and social connection, and design services to meet both needs. Aim. To test whether greater diversity in meal service settings enhance Council's ability to support the nutrition and social needs of existing clients and encourage uptake of services by eligible others. Methods. Stakeholder engagement, a literature review and an environmental scan informed an action research approach. A series of interventions are being trialled to test the hypothesis, targeting nutritionally vulnerable and socially isolated clients. Evaluation will use quantitative and qualitative data to measure key outcomes including reach, uptake of nutritious meal options, perception of social connectedness and economic viability. Results....

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