On National Meals on Wheels Day Moonee Valley City Council will be celebrating our volunteers who provide almost 60,000 meals to more than 350 residents each year.
Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Andrea Surace said Meals on Wheels is a vital tool in ensuring our senior residents can live independent and engaged lives.
“We have 25 staff and 20 volunteers who check in on clients, provide conversation and companionship and can recognise signs of deterioration that might otherwise go unnoticed,” Cr Surace said.
“Our volunteers are the heart and soul of this program and many of our clients consider them friends.”
The service has certainly come a long way since a woman on a tricycle delivered a few meals to South Melbourne residents.
Portfolio holder for Access, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cr Cam Nation encouraged residents to give Meals on Wheels a go.
“Residents can have meals delivered to their home or enjoy a three-course lunch in a social setting at one of our six dining rooms,” Cr Nation said.
“Research shows that recipients of services like Meals on Wheels feel less lonely and are more comfortable about staying in their homes.”
“As the Community Meals program has evolved there is a greater focus on engaging people from all walks of life and we are seeing renewed energy and vision unfold.
To enquire about Council’s Community Meals program, or about becoming a volunteer, please contact the Community Meals team on 9243 8888.
National Meals on Wheels Day is on Wednesday, 30 August.