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Best NDIS-Approved Meal Providers (2024) 🍽️

If you’re on the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme), you may be entitled to discounts at NDIS approved meal delivery providers. Here are the best NDIS meal providers.
# NAME MenuAvg Single Meal CostDelivers to
80+$3.00 VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA
50+$2.80VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, TAS
100+$3.00VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, TAS
20+$7.60VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, TAS
50+$3.00VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA
40+$3.00VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA, WA, TAS
40+$2.50NSW, VIC, QLD, SA
30+$2.00VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, WA
Updated on Mar 23, 2024

If you’re part of the NDIS, you can get discounts on meals from approved delivery services.

We’ve noticed that many NDIS users want more choices, beyond the typical disability-focused meal providers.

To help you find the right meal delivery service, we’ve put together a list of the best NDIS meal providers in Australia.

Best NDIS-Approved Meal Delivery Providers 🥗

Able Foods

Menu: 80+

Fresh/Frozen: Frozen

Avg Single Meal Cost: $3.00

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

Subscription: No

Kinela has joined Able Foods, creating Australia’s largest NDIS meal provider. Co-founded by Dylan Alcott, Able Foods offers over 80 chef-prepared, healthy ready-made meals.


Menu: 50+

Fresh/Frozen: Frozen

Avg Single Meal Cost: $2.80

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

Subscription: No

Dineamic provides HCP (Home Care Package) participants with fresh, nutritious meals.  Options include Chef’s Choice, Dietitian Designed, and Build Your Own meals. They offer flexible, non-subscription orders with free delivery on orders over $99.

Lite n’ Easy

Menu: 100+

Fresh/Frozen: Both

Avg Single Meal Cost: $3.00

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

Subscription: No, but can only order meal packs

Now an NDIS Registered Provider, Lite n’ Easy allows NDIS participants to pay only 30% upfront for meals. Offering a wide range, including traditional, Asian, and vegetarian options, their meals are healthy and cater to various dietary needs. Free delivery on orders over $99.

I Hate Cooking

Menu: 20+

Fresh/Frozen: Fresh

Avg Single Meal Cost: $7.60

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

Subscription: No

Unique in its approach, I H8 Cooking sends cooks to your home to prepare a week’s worth of meals. Choose from over 100 recipes. They accommodate dietary requirements and can even focus on specific goals like weight loss.

A Life Plus

Menu: 50+

Fresh/Frozen: Fresh

Avg Single Meal Cost: $3.00

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

Subscription: No

A Life Plus is a registered NDIS provider known for their keto meals, but also has other options and delivers 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: $3.00

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

Subscription: No

Garden of Vegan makes it easy for NDIS participants to eat healthy foods without having to worry about shopping, cooking or cleaning. NDIS participants only pay for the food cost component of the meals. Garden of Vegan delivers plant-based, 100% vegan meals right across the country. 

Workout Meals

Menu: 40+

Fresh/Frozen: Fresh

Avg Single Meal Cost: $2.50

Delivers to: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA

Subscription: No

An NDIS provider serving major cities, Workout Meals uses fresh, hormone-free ingredients from their farm. Designed by nutritionists and chefs, their meals support health and fitness goals.

Be Fit Food

Menu: 30+

Fresh/Frozen: Frozen

Avg Single Meal Cost: $2.00

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

Subscription: No

Be Fit Food offers NDIS-approved, nutritionally balanced meals, designed by doctors and dietitians, with options for every meal and dietary need. Unique to their service is free dietitian support for personalised dietary guidance.

How We Chose These Providers 🤔

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/meet the standard to be subsidised on the NDIS.

We also considered:

  • Delivery locations
  • If they take phone orders
  • Whether they cater to dietaries (keto/gluten-free)
  • Fresh or frozen food
  • If you’re locked into a contract

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:

Best NDIS Meal Providers By State 🇦🇺

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 

Best NDIS Meal Providers FAQs 🙋🏼‍♀️

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.

Does NDIS fund groceries?

Food is not generally a disability-related support service, and is an everyday living cost that everyone has to pay for. In most (if not all cases), the NDIS is not responsible for paying for food.

Meal prep delivery services are different as the food comes pre-cooked and this can support certain NDIS participants who are unable to shop and cook themselves.

Choosing an NDIS Approved Meal Provider 👀

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
Health & fitness journalist and presenter based in Melbourne/Naarm with a passion for – you guessed it - health and fitness, cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, and travel.

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  1. 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.

    • Ally Burnie
      Ally Burnie Author

      Thanks Alison! Good to know 🙂

  2. Maree

    When thinking about non-traditional meal providers, where does NDIS sit on purchasing from Woolworths or Coles who have a great range of ready made meals that can be ordered online and delivered?

    • Amy

      It’s a reasonable question! For some reason they don’t see it the same way. Buying the same items from Coles/Woolies does not fall under the NDIS Meal Prep and Delivery guidelines.

  3. Sharnae

    I’m with ndis and a cordinator I’m a perosn who has an eating problem can’t gain weight never have in my life ! And need to desperately I’m wondering what can be done what’s the best food provider that’s full of. Dressy even cooked meals and I can’t eat frozen most are to losoe eight won’t buy food from Woolworths for me noting what can I do plesse

  4. Roxanne Russell
    Roxanne Russell

    Listing companies that provide co-payments would be very helpful for us pensioners. e.g. good meal and kinella only require the co-payment and recoup the preparation and dellivery portion direct from NDIS (via plan/agency managed).

    • Nancie

      Hi Roxanne,
      Herbidoor work with plan managed NDIS participants.
      – 25% will be out of pocket expenses

      – 75% will be covered by the NDIS plan

      – 100% of the delivery cost will be covered by the NDIS plan

    • Nancie

      Hi Roxanne Herbidoor do 🙂

  5. Nancie Allen
    Nancie Allen

    HerbiDoor can help you by delivering Fresh Plant-Based Comfort Meals directly to your door. That means you won’t have to worry about doing the shopping, cooking and dishes.
    As a non registered NDIS provider Herbi is able to assist plan managed and self managed NDIS participants and Home Care Package recipients.

    Meals start from as little as $2.88 and you are able to claim reimbursement for your delivery expenses too!