Day to thank Meals on Wheels volunteer

NOURISHING their communities both nutritionally and socially, a 35,000-strong, dedicated workforce is being recognised today on National Meals on Wheels Day.

When the first Covid cases came to light, many Meals on Wheels volunteers aged 70 and over were recommended to self-isolate for their own safety, with younger volunteers stepping up to support their communities.
Meals on Wheels NSW CEO Les MacDonald says National Meals on Wheels Day recognises the outstanding contribution of the wonderful volunteers who ensure older Australians remain nourished and safe at home every day.
“It has been an uncertain last 12 months, with bushfire devastation and now Covid-19,” Mr MacDonald said.
“We offer gratitude and thanks to all of our volunteers in NSW, as well as the growing band of individuals and organisations that have come on board who continue to support us.”
Eating well helps people to age well. Each year, more than 100,000 older Australians are supported to eat well by delivered meal programs such as Meals on Wheels, which is a proven, effective solution that provides benefits to the consumer and health and aged care systems.
“Our volunteers are the backbone of Meals on Wheels,” Mr MacDonald said.
“We actively encourage wellness and choice as living at home independently is precious. We have assisted generations of Australians in NSW since 1957, and will continue to do so for many more years to come.”
Meals on Wheels is always looking for new volunteers to contribute just a few hours a fortnight.
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