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It is all about people in the community joining forces to help others.
From its inception over 60 years ago, Meals on Wheels has grown to be a driving force of care in the community. In the course of a year, over 14.8 million meals are delivered by more than 78 700 volunteers to about 53 000 recipients Australia wide in cities, regional and rural areas. Of these, about 4.5 million meals are delivered by 35 000 volunteers in NSW each year.
The changing face of Meals on Wheels reflects how the organisation is responding and adapting to the changing face of the community. The multicultural nature of Australian society is echoed in the food, faces and friendships that typify Meals on Wheels.
Every day, a friendly smile, a chat about the weather, a nutritious meal and knowing someone will drop by to say hello, changes the lives of many Australians and it’s not just the clients who value this contact. Ask any of the 35 000 NSW volunteers and they will tell you reaching out and making a difference in somebody else’s day, makes their day.
Independence is something we all value and to have that taken away by not being able to go to the shops for groceries or to cook regular meals, should not be an obstacle to autonomy.