Bundaberg Meals on Wheels is celebrating its national day by encouraging local community members to order their lunch from the Let’s Have Lunch fundraiser.
All proceeds will support Bundaberg Meals on Wheels to deliver its vital service.
Meals On Wheels celebrates 70 years of service with Bundaberg Meals On Wheels operating for 57 years locally.
Bundaberg Meals on Wheels service manager Brendon Searle said the service distributed over 95,500 meals during the last financial year with the demand for meals growing daily.
“All our meals our produced in our locally owned, fully operational commercial kitchen by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers,” Brendon said.
“Around 100 volunteers help with deliveries, food preparation, assisting with administration and tending to the vegetable and surrounding gardens.
“Every volunteer makes a difference and without their help, we wouldn’t have Meals On Wheels.”
National Meals on Wheels Day – Let’s Have Lunch
Tomorrow, Wednesday 30 August, is a day which provides an opportunity to recognise the dedication, commitment and resilience of the 45,000 Meals on Wheels volunteers, who tirelessly support vulnerable members of the Australian community, across more than 590 service locations.
For further information on National Meals On Wheels Day, or volunteering at the local organisation, contact the Bundaberg office on 4151 5825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A donation of $100 will provide 10 free meals for an older Australian in your neighbourhood.
Businesses can also jump onboard and host a lunch delivered by Meals on Wheels. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Gin Gin Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels in Gin Gin services its community by delivering approximately 8,000 meals per year.
Secretary Glennis Goodman said the meals were prepared at the hospital in Gin Gin.
“Currently we have 28 volunteers who donate two hours per month to deliver meals,” she said.
“There is also a frozen meal pick up each Friday from the hospital for clients who live on small acreages more than five kilometres from Gin Gin.”
To keep things running smoothly, four volunteers attend to approximately 20 hours of administrational tasks each week.
For more information about Gin Gin Meals on Wheels and how to volunteer phone 4157 3621.
Childers Meal on Wheels
Approximately 5,460 meals per year are delivered to clients in the Childers community by the local Meals on Wheels branch.
Currently in Childers there are 22 clients registered to receive meals.
Meals are supplied by the not-for-profit local age care organisation Forest View Childers.
Co-ordinated by the Childers Neighbourhood Centre, this branch has 19 volunteers delivering meals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Volunteers usually donate two to three hours of their time and are rostered on a monthly basis.
Staff from the Childers Neighbourhood Centre at times deliver meals if volunteers are unavailable.
Anyone who would like to become a volunteer can contact the Childers Neighbourhood Centre on 4130 4690.