The continuing dedicated efforts of Forbes & District Meals On Wheels volunteers, will be celebrated as part of National Meals on Wheels Day on Wednesday, 29th August.
The inspiring team at Forbes & District Meals On Wheels, help make up Meals on Wheels’ 76,000 strong volunteer network, which is spread across 600 grass roots organisations that have nourished their local communities for 65 years.
“You get more than just a meal from Meals on Wheels,” said Australian Meals on Wheels Association (AMOWA) President, Sharyn Broer.
“Our fantastic volunteers take the time to say hello and make sure you’re okay. A hearty meal warms the tummy, but a simple chat can warm the soul,” said Sharyn.
Support from local Meals on Wheels services makes a real difference in improving health outcomes while reducing health and aged care costs. As well as delivering tasty and nourishing meals that are designed to meet the nutritional needs of older people, Meals on Wheels volunteers bring a daily dose of companionship and human connection, and peace of mind for clients and their families.
Today, and every week day, volunteers will help to produce, prepare, select and pack more than 35,000 meals. Together, Australian Meals on Wheels volunteers make around 10 million house calls each year, making sure that clients are safe and well, and brightening the day for more than 120,000 people who need a little bit of support.
“On National Meals on Wheels Day, we are appealing for more volunteers to join our teams across Australia. If you have a few hours to spare to deliver meals or lend a helping hand in our kitchens, and make a huge impact in your community, we would love to hear from you. And if you can’t donate your time, consider donating a few dollars to help keep our wheels turning.”
Meals on Wheels services across Australia are planning local celebrations to recognise, pay tribute and congratulate our volunteers whose commitment and support is immeasurable.
Forbes & District Meals On Wheels, employs three staff, has 160 volunteers and provides a meal service for 93 people.
If you wish to volunteer or know someone who might need Meals on Wheels, please contact Sheryl or Wendy on 02 6851 4204. For further information contact Sheryl Garner on before mentioned number.