FORTY YEARS OF MOW

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Ellen Rans­ley Ellen.Rans­ley@west­ern­starnews.com

FOR 40 years the lo­cal branch of Meals on Wheels has been feed­ing St Ge­orge res­i­dents in need of a lit­tle ex­tra help.

Serv­ing up to 20 clients a week, the or­gan­i­sa­tion de­liv­ers meals three days a week for new moth­ers, car­ers, and the el­derly.

Chair­woman Robyn Fuhrmeis­ter has been with her lo­cal branch for nearly 20 years, and said the flex­i­bil­ity it of­fered was what peo­ple re­sponded to.

“It gives peo­ple in­de­pen­dence and it al­lows them to stay in their homes longer.

“It of­fers flex­i­bil­ity for them to stay liv­ing lo­cally in their homes, and to feel the se­cu­rity of know­ing they will have meals de­liv­ered to their doors.”

Pro­vid­ing meals on Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day, 15 vol­un­teers give their time and their ve­hi­cles to aid­ing their neigh­bours.

“It’s a huge gift back to our com­mu­nity from th­ese peo­ple to pro­vide and de­liver meals to the clients at home.”

Ms Fuhrmeis­ter be­lieves the or­gan­i­sa­tion has sur­vived for so long be­cause peo­ple are com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing the com­mu­nity. “The need is still there. “We’re very lucky to live in St Ge­orge, where peo­ple un­der­stand what com­mu­nity spirit is about and are more than ready to give,” she said.

Although the or­gan­i­sa­tion de­liv­ers only to St Ge­orge, res­i­dents from the greater Balonne re­gion are able to ac­cess the ser­vice, by col­lect­ing bulk frozen meals from the St Ge­orge Hospi­tal.

“We can pro­vide them bulk meals to get them through,” Ms Fuhrmeis­ter said.

Statewide Meals on Wheels has more than 15,000 vol­un­teers, de­liv­er­ing two mil­lion meals yearly over 10,000 peo­ple.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DISH­ING UP GOOD FOOD: St Ge­orge Meals on Wheels vol­un­teers

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