Volunteers thanked for meals on wheels service
Three hundred local volunteers help to deliver the weekly meals on wheels program through Baw Baw Shire.
On national meals on wheels day last week, mayor Joe Gauci paid tribute to the volunteers who deliver the service.
The meals on wheels program is facilitated through council’s community services team and dedicated volunteers who deliver meals to people with a wide range of support needs including seniors, people with disabilities, and those recovering from illness, injury or surgery.
Council volunteers have provided 24,890 meals on wheels to 377 clients this year. This is equal to 6483 hours of assistance which is provided to the community through the program.
Cr Gauci acknowledged staff and volunteers who are continually committed to providing meals to those in need.
“I would like to especially thank the 300 local community volunteers who dedicate time out of their day to load up the vans and drive around our shire delivering these vital meals,
“Meals on Wheels is more than just a food delivery service, it provides residents with a very valuable check visit daily and a smiling face to brighten their day.
“Sometimes the people receiving these services need a bit of extra help after an operation or stint of bad health, but in most cases the meals are provided on an on-going basis for people, who for various reasons, are unable to prepare food for themselves.
“The wonderful volunteers do a great job and make a real difference in people’s lives. Its services like this that assists the elderly and those with disabilities to remain living independently for as long as possible,” he said.
Baw Baw Shire volunteers Robyn Cotter, Jen Berryman and Kay McCoy load meals on wheels ready to deliver to community members.