Bundaberg Meals on Wheels deliver 51,300 meals

Meals on Wheels Bundaberg celebrated their achievements in today's annual general meeting.
Meals on Wheels Bundaberg celebrated their achievements at today's annual general meeting.

The Meals on Wheels Bundaberg team has been kicking goals in the past 12 months with more than 51,300 meals produced and delivered throughout the region.

The mammoth effort was celebrated at today's annual general meeting, with president Peter Donghi announcing many other accomplishments the group has achieved over the past year.

“After many months of hard work and negotiations by our service manager Brendan, Bundaberg and District Meals on Wheels has been registered as a meals provider for the NDIS,” he said.

“It should be noted that in our area, the number of service providers signing contracts for the supply of meals has shown an increase during this period.

“It is also very pleasing to report the service has recorded a profit without having to increase client costs.”

Meals on Wheels Bundaberg
Peter Donghi OAM was presented with a certificate of appreciation at his last meeting as Bundaberg Meals on Wheels president.

Farmers support Bundaberg Meals on Wheels

Mr Donghi acknowledged the many farmers within the region who supported the organisation with donations of fresh produce.

“Weekly donations of fresh produce are of great financial assistance to our facility and enables our kitchen to provide farm fresh vegetables to our clients,” he said.

“We have a very dedicated group of farmers, who regardless of the hardship they face with drought conditions, still continue to give generously.”

Meals on Wheels Bundaberg is situated on Eastgate Street.
Meals on Wheels Bundaberg is situated on Eastgate Street.

Mr Donghi also thanked the organisation's many volunteers, management committee and its life members for their hard work before announcing some news of his own.

“Today will be my last meeting as I will be stepping down as president,” he said.

Beginning as president many years ago, Peter was described as “instrumental” in getting the Meals on Wheels Bundaberg organisation back up and running after suffering during the 2013 floods.

Vice-president Ron Purkis recalled the time well, stating Peter had been the man to push the team through.

“He got us back up and running within 24 hours after the floods hit,” Ron said.

“Peter has also been at the forefront of securing some massive donations to help the organisation, including 150kg of pork.

“Peter is a very modest person and not many people would know just what he has done for Meals and Wheels; he truly deserves recognition for his achievements.”

To find out more about the Bundaberg Meals on Wheels, go to the Facebook page here or call 07 4151 5825.