Local Meals on Wheels service celebrates 55 years

Recognising local contribution

Meals on Wheels services the Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby areas by providing meals to housebound residents, cooked and delivered by volunteers. It also provides a weekly dining room service at its headquarters in Gilroy Road Turramurra.

All meals are cooked and prepared under the guidance of qualified chefs and aim to be nutritious as well as low-cost for the residents who need them.

On Wednesday volunteers with the service will be presented with merit certificates for their contribution. At least eight of the volunteers have notched up more than 40 years each working for Meals on Wheels.

Former volunteers will also be at the celebration, which began in the Ku-ring-gai area in 1960 with a group of local women preparing meals in their own kitchens.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said that although times had changed and Meals on Wheels now had a commercial kitchen and qualified chefs, the basic need for its service was still ever-present in the local area.

“Last year Meals on Wheels served over 93,000 meals to nearly 600 clients and this year the service will prepare and serve more than 105,000 meals,” the Mayor said.

“Meals on Wheels is so much more than a food delivery service however. The volunteers are often the only human contact some of their clients have all week.”

Mayor Anderson said the Council was a supportive partner of the Meals on Wheels service. “We coordinated the fit-out of their new premises in Turramurra and Cr McDonald is Chair of the board.”

To find out more about Meals on Wheels in the local area visit www.kmow.org.au

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