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Guide to meal preparation

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If you need support to prepare your own meals, you may be able to use your NDIS funding to help.

Update: This article was amended on 20/01/2021 to include more clarity regarding how meal preparation should appear in your plan and be claimed from your plan.

What costs does the NDIS cover?

The NDIS will cover reasonable and necessary costs that relate to your disability.

If you are unable to make your own meals as a result of your disability, then you can probably use your funding to cover the cost of meal preparation. This depends on whether funding is available in your plan for use specifically on meal preparation.

You may also be able to use your funding for delivery of the prepared meals if your disability prevents you from going shopping. This would also require you to have this funding line included in your plan.

One of the costs that the NDIS will usually NOT fund is the cost of ingredients. This is because ingredients are considered an everyday living expense.

Some providers of pre-prepared meals will even include a breakdown of costs, so it’s easy for you to see what you can use your NDIS Plan for, and what costs you need to pay yourself.

How can I access support for meal preparation?

The best way to get funding for meal preparation in your plan is to speak with your planner and explain how it relates to your goals.

If the NDIA provides you with specific funding for meal preparation, it will usually appear in your plan as ‘assistance with the cost of the preparation and delivery of meals’.

Assistance with the cost of the preparation and delivery of meals’ is a quotable itemwhich means you typically need a quote from a provider in order to access the service.

If you would like further information about Meal Preparation you can always contact MPM.

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