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Top 7 NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers

Did you know that if you’re on the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme), you may be entitled to discounts at NDIS approved meal delivery providers?
POSTED ON Feb 16, 2022
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I H8 Cooking

4.5

  • Offers NDIS low-carb menu
  • Chefs will shop and cook for you
  • Offers NDIS "Pantry Purge"
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Top-rated in keto
A Life Plus

4.4

  • Offers keto NDIS meals
  • Food comes fresh not frozen
  • Pickup options available
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All organic
Garden of Vegan

4.6

  • 40+ plant-based NDIS meals
  • Certified non-GMO ingredients
  • Supports local farmers
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Top 7 NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers

Did you know that if you’re on the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme), you may be entitled to discounts at NDIS approved meal delivery providers? This is great news, of course.

However, from our research, we’ve found there’s a growing sentiment amongst NDIS participants that they’re unhappy with the disability targeted meal service providers, and would rather have the option to order from non-traditional/non-specific NDIS meal delivery services. Doesn’t seem too much to ask for, really.

Well, the good news is there are actually several NDIS approved meal delivery providers out there that offer discounts for NDIS participants, so this isn’t your average list of NDIS approved meal delivery providers list. We’ve listened to the concerns and feedback of NDIS participants, and as such, have found a bunch of non-traditional NDIS meal providers, while we’ve broken down our list by state, as well as a list of providers who offer ordering over the phone. 

Before we continue, we just need to say you should always consider your individual situation when it comes to NDIS approved meal services to decide whether it’s reasonable and necessary. 

OK, now that’s out of the way – let’s get to it!

How/Why We Chose These Providers

As mentioned above, these providers aren’t your typical and disability targeted meal delivery services. All of them service the general Aussie population and have simply been approved by the NDIS as healthy/meets the standard to be subsidised on the NDIS. We also considered where they deliver to, whether they take orders over the phone, if they cater to specific diets (like keto/gluten-free etc), if it’s fresh or frozen, whether you’re locked into a contract or more. 

NDIS Approved Providers With Phone Ordering

If it’s easier for you to order by phone, here are some providers that show their phone numbers:

Top 7 NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers

Kinela

Menu: 50+

Fresh/Frozen: Frozen

Avg Single Meal Cost: $2-3

Delivers to: VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA

Subscription: No

Kinela made this list even though it is a traditional NDIS-funded meal provider. It’s our benchmark for the other meal providers. What’s great about Kinela is you can get your first week totally free. They also offer free personal meal planning to NDIS participants, nutritionist support and labels designed for the visually impaired. Kinela also provides discounted companion meals for anyone in your circle of care, so you can enjoy mealtimes together. Plus, with texture modified meals Kinela’s texture modified meals are designed to be safer for swallowing – without compromising on flavour, health or convenience. These kinds

Dineamic

Menu: 50+

Fresh/Frozen: Frozen

Avg Single Meal Cost: $11.00

Delivers to: VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, TAS

Subscription: No

Dineamic offers HCP Participants healthy, nutritious and affordable meals, delivered fresh to their door. Their seasonal menu offers variety and options to suit most dietary or lifestyle groups. Dineamic has a range of meal plans, including Chef’s Choice Bundles, Dietitian Designed, Build Your Own and Low Calorie. Dienamic are not subscription-based, so you can try them for one order to see if you like it. Minimum order is $60, orders over $99 have delivery charge free. 

Lite n' Easy

Menu: 100+

Fresh/Frozen: Both

Avg Single Meal Cost: $10.00

Delivers to: VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, TAS

Subscription: No, but can only order meal packs

Lite n’ Easy is now a nationally recognised NDIS Registered Provider. This means that NDIS participants who require meal preparation and delivery now only need to pay 30% upfront for a Lite n’ Easy delivery when they choose to have their meals quote approved as ‘Agency Managed’. From traditional favourites, to modern Asian, vegetarian and high protein meals – there really is something for everyone with Lite n’ Easy. What’s great is you can order food that’s fresh or frozen, depending on your needs. Lite n’ Easy promises its customers with healthy, delicious meals so losing weight, staying healthy and eating well will be easy with more than 100 ready-made meals to choose from. While you can’t order “keto meal plans” or “low carb meal plans”, you can filter the meals to dietaries like gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free and so on. Delivery is free for all orders over $99. 

BeFitFood

Menu: 45

Fresh/Frozen: Frozen

Avg Single Meal Cost: $9.95

Delivers to: VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, TAS

Subscription: No

Be Fit Food boasts its science-backed programs that support customers in achieving their health, wellness and fitness goals. Their nutritionist-approved ‘Weight Loss’ program can either be ‘Rapid’ or ‘Active’, with meal inclusion that varies depending on how rapid or gradual you want to burn those fats. Or if you just want healthy convenient eating, they also offer other selections that include healthy meal bundles, snacks & extras, kids meals and even gift cards. All ready-made meals are low-carb, calorie-controlled and nutrient-dense so your body can enjoy a lot more benefits like lower blood pressure, feeling fuller for longer, energised in the entire day, and having enhanced sleep.

I Hate Cooking

Menu: 15-25

Fresh/Frozen: Fresh

Avg Single Meal Cost: $7

Delivers to: VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, TAS

Subscription: No

I H8 Cooking is different from normal meal providers because they actually come and cook for you in your home to prepare a week’s worth of meals. Make your booking with your local cook &  choose 3 or 5 meals from over 100 recipes (15 or 25 serves), prepared in your own kitchen. They arrive at your home fully equipped to carry out the service. All they need is a clean bench and sink, and for some dishes, an oven. You can choose to shop for yourself, or we can arrange for your groceries to be delivered the day before your cook. They also cater to most dietary requirements, and can even cook to your goals like weight loss or low carb.

A Life Plus

Menu: 50+

Fresh/Frozen: Fresh

Avg Single Meal Cost: $13.00

Delivers to: VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA

Subscription: No

A Life Plus is a registered NDIS provider who are known for their keto meals, but also have other options and deliver across NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD and SA. With no lock in contracts and 50+ meals to choose from, A Life Plus are a great option for those specifically looking for keto meals, as well as meals that come fresh and not frozen.

Garden of Vegan

Menu: 40+

Fresh/Frozen: Fresh

Avg Single Meal Cost: $16.00

Delivers to: VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, TAS

Subscription: No

Using certified organic, non-GMO and locally sourced ingredients, Garden of Vegan serves delicious, nutrient-dense meals designed and prepared by its in-house team of chefs, nutritionists, and health experts. Using only 100% Certified Organic ingredients, oil free, gluten free and 100% plant based, Garden of Vegan dishes up healthy and delicious meals for vegan eaters across the country. 

 

NSW NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers 

VIC NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers 

ACT NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers 

QLD NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers 

SA NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers 

WA NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers 

TAS NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers

Keto NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers 

Gluten-Free NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers 

Vegan NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers 

Weight Loss/Low Carb NDIS Approved Meal Delivery Providers 

FAQ’s About NDIS Approved Meal Providers

Can the NDIS cover the cost of a home-delivered meal?

The short answer is yes: if you’re unable to cook a meal or shop for ingredients because of your disability, you should be able to use NDIS funding to pay for meal delivery services. However, the NDIS does look at your individual situation to decide whether it’s reasonable and necessary to give you this funding.

How much does the NDIS cover? 

The NDIS covers the cost of preparing a meal and having it delivered to you. It doesn’t cover the cost of the ingredients used to make the meal, because that’s classified as ‘everyday expenses’. Meal service providers use a standard formula to break down each meal to work out how much is for preparation and delivery, and how much is for ingredients. It typically works out to be 70% of the price meal will be covered by the NDIS, while you pay 30% out of pocket. It does vary slightly from provider to provider.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

The NDIS recently clarified the rules around who can claim this support. To pay for meal prep and delivery through the NDIS, you need to have it specifically included in your plan (Preparation and Delivery of Meals, line item 01_022_0120_1_1).

How to get it included in your plan?

To get Preparation and Delivery of Meals included in your plan, you should get a quote from an eligible meal provider, detailing how many meals they will deliver to you over the course of your plan, and the total price.

Also, gather any supporting evidence that will help the NDIS deem it reasonable and necessary for you to get funding for meal preparation and delivery.

How to pay for meal prep services?

Given you’re approved for Preparation and Delivery of Meals funding, the NDIS should provide you with enough money to pay for a set number of meals from a specific provider, to be delivered over the course of your plan. Then you go ahead and order as per normal.

Things to Consider When Buying from NDIS Approved Meal Providers

There are several things to consider when purchasing meals for an NDIS approved meal provider. We’ve outlined some of the most important below: 

  • Delivery window: Does it have a wide delivery window? Can you select what time you want?
  • Menu range: Are there plenty of meals to choose from?
  • Fresh vs frozen: Pretty self explanatory but are the meals fresh or frozen
  • Quantity: What’s the sizing of the meals?
  • Goal/Dietaries: Does it cater to things like goals and dietary requirements? Can you order keto-friendly meals? Weight loss meal plans?
  • Contract: Do you have to enter a contract/subscribe? Or can you order on an as-needed basis? Is there a minimum order? 

Did we miss any? 

Our research has shown there are several great non-traditional/non-disability targeted meal providers approved on the NDIS. Just remember, your individual situation and NDIS plan will determine your discount and what you’re able to purchase. And again, you should always consider your individual situation when it comes to NDIS approved meal services to decide whether it’s reasonable and necessary. 

P.s Did your favourite make the list? Let us know if we missed any! 

Ally Burnie
Ally Burnie
Journalist, presenter and host based in Sydney with a passion for cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, humanitarianism, and travel.

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  1. Alison
    Alison

    Flagstaff Fine Foods offers excellent NDIS approved meals and they are a disabilty social enterprise providing work for people with disability at the same time. http://www.flagstafffinefoods.com.au

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    • Ally Burnie
      Ally Burnie

      Thanks Alison! Good to know 🙂

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Ally Burnie
Ally Burnie
Journalist, presenter and host based in Sydney with a passion for cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, humanitarianism, and travel.