50 years of meals marked

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

The Be­nalla Rotary Club has re­cently marked 50 years of Meals on Wheels in Be­nalla.

The first meals were de­liv­ered in 1968 at a cost of 40 cents each.

The Be­nalla Rotary Club ini­ti­ated the ser­vice when it re­alised there was a gap in older, more iso­lated peo­ple hav­ing ac­cess to reg­u­lar meals.

Since the Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil be­gan co­or­di­nat­ing Meals on Wheels in 1990, the Rotary Club has been in­stru­men­tal in the on­go­ing suc­cess of the pro­gram by de­liv­er­ing meals on week­ends.

Act­ing Mayor Peter Davis said the com­mu­nity was in­debted to the Rotary Club.

‘‘When the Be­nalla Rotary Club im­ple­mented Meals on Wheels 50 years ago, it en­sured that as a com­mu­nity we were com­mit­ted to look­ing af­ter those who need our sup­port,’’ Cr Davis said.

‘‘Now, we are grate­ful to the Rotary Club not just for in­sti­gat­ing the ser­vice, but for the club’s on­go­ing sup­port over 50 years.

‘‘Meals on Wheels plays a vi­tal role in main­tain­ing the health and well­be­ing of our com­mu­nity.’’

Meals on Wheels is sup­ported by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Health and the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment.

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