Meals on Wheels day is August 25

Mention the name Meals on Wheels and immediately the words community and support come to mind.

August 25 is National Meals on Wheels Day, and it provides an opportunity to reflect and recognise the dedication, commitment and resilience of the tens of thousands Meals on Wheels volunteers who have supported their local Meals on Wheels service running for nearly 60 years.

Here in Dubbo, with the ongoing concern over COVID-19 and the increasing lockdown situation, elderly people are turning to Meals on Wheels more than ever.

Service manager for Meals on Wheels Dubbo, Peter English, said the organisation was more than ready for the challenges ahead.

SERVING COMMUNITIES: Meals on Wheels services represent a significant and essential piece of social infrastructure across Australia. More information at mealsonwheels.org.au. Photo: Shutterstock

SERVING COMMUNITIES: Meals on Wheels services represent a significant and essential piece of social infrastructure across Australia. More information at mealsonwheels.org.au. Photo: Shutterstock

"Its been difficult with the working conditions given our office is closed and staff have to work from home, but we are still operating with hot and/or frozen meals going out to clients on weekdays as normal (whatever normal is nowadays)," Mr English said.

"Last year was certainly a lot easier for staff to manage however we built a strong bond and trust with our clients, as we could and did keep them safe while providing the services they need so they can stay at home.

"Meals on Wheels Dubbo is very fortunate to be a smaller not-for-profit organisation, where we can change our procedures very quickly to meet any challenges while keeping our clients and volunteers safe."

Peter says the team he leads is grateful to the community of Dubbo for supporting the organisation in so many ways and he wanted to assure the community that Meals on Wheels would continue to provide its services across the communities of Dubbo, Narromine and Trangie.

"Its not just meals we deliver, we provide transport for clients, deliveries of groceries as well as keeping an eye on their physical and mental health" he said. "It's a great assurance for families and the community."

For more information, phone 68824083.

Crucial service for many

For more than 65 years, Meals on Wheels has played a crucial role nationally in supporting the health and wellbeing of over 200,000 older Australians each year, across 592 service locations.

Meals on Wheels services represent a significant and essential piece of social infrastructure, providing front-line, early intervention and prevention in the home and reducing the malnutrition risk faced by 1.2 million older Australians and the social isolation risk to one in four who live alone.

The purpose is to support well-nourished and independent communities through the delivery of a nutritious meal, social connection and a wellbeing check by volunteers.

Meals on Wheels supports vulnerable people.

More information at mealsonwheels.org.au.

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