Vol­un­teers thanked for meals on wheels ser­vice

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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