On 28 August 2019 in recognition of National Meals on Wheels Day I had the pleasure of visiting and thanking the wonderful volunteers at the Meals on Wheels SA at Brighton and Warradale. I was even fortunate enough to be able to see the volunteers at Meals on Wheels Warradale in action and sample the soup of the day.
Held on the last Wednesday in August each year, National Meals on Wheels Day is an opportunity to thank the 80,000 volunteers across Australia, and the over 700 Meals on Wheels services for the significant contribution they make to our communities.
Meals on Wheels SA was founded in 1954 by Doris Taylor MBE. Since then, Meals on Wheels SA have delivered over 50 million meals to South Australians and grown to become a driving force of care in our community
Meals on Wheels enables frail older people and younger people with disabilities and their carers to remain in their own homes and enjoy a level of independence and style of living to suit their individual needs. It also provides a way for people to stay in the comfort of a familiar home environment for as long as possible. Delivery of nourishing meals offers social interaction and ensures clients’ wellbeing, helping people live the lives they choose.
The Australian Meals on Wheels Association represents a network of more than 600 independently-run local non-profit services that operate in virtually every Australian community.
I cannot thank our volunteers at Meals on Wheels Brighton and Warradale enough for the contribution they make to our community by making sure older Australians have access to healthy, nutritious and affordable meals in their own home.