Celebrating National Meals on Wheels Day
Published on 26 August 2020
Today is National Meals on Wheels Day (26 August 2020).
This day gives us a great opportunity to highlight the signification contribution made to Australians by over 700 Meals on Wheels services and around 80,000 volunteers across Australia.
Meals on Wheels is a name familiar to all and is at the heart of many communities. It represents helping hands, teamwork and looking out for each other. It is about people in the community coming together to help others.
Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Meals on Wheels Service has 130 dedicated volunteers who deliver an amazing 74,000 meals across the Peninsula each year to vulnerable older residents and younger residents with disabilities.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Sam Hearn said “I want to sincerely thank all Peninsula Meals on Wheels volunteers and all those part of this essential service for their ongoing involvement”.
“Under the challenging circumstances we find ourselves in due to Coronavirus, it has been outstanding to see the bedrock of community strength and spirit shining through.
“Our Meals on Wheels volunteers (under the age of 70), with support from our Aged and Disability Service staff, are still working hard delivering meals to our most vulnerable during this latest lockdown.
“At a time when all kinds of services are ceasing, it is more important than ever that our residents in need have dedicated community members watching out for them
“Meals on Wheels continues to be embraced in our community and we acknowledge the importance of this service. Many of our clients, including their friends and family, say the social connection the service provides is just as important as the meal itself,” concluded Mayor Hearn.
For more information on Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Meals on Wheels program visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/mealsonwheels
For more information on Meals on Wheels Victoria head to: mealsonwheelsvictoria.org.au.