Celebrating Meals on Wheels Volunteers Across the Country & The Shire as Demand Grows
Thursday, 27 August, 2020 - 12:00
Mansfield Shire Council’s Meals on Wheels program delivered 4,310 meals last financial year and saw a 45% increase in demand this month, compared to the same month last year, but could not have done it without the help of 40 volunteers.
Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said on National Meals on Wheels® Day, 26 August, it was important to acknowledge the vital role the volunteers play.
“Prior to COVID-19 we had forty volunteers delivering Meals on Wheels, once a month. Since April, due to DHHS recommending people aged 65 and over not continue in these roles for their own health, we have 10 volunteers now delivering the meals. On this national day we are very proud to celebrate all those volunteers who have contributed through the years,” Cr Attley said.
“The role is very important because some people in our community might not see anyone except the Meals on Wheels volunteer. Obviously, that’s exacerbated during COVID-19 restrictions,” she said.
“As well as delivering a nutritious meal, having a conversation, albeit distanced, gives our volunteers an opportunity to check on the client’s welfare during the restrictions.
Cr Attley said Council had introduced protocols to ensure delivery of meals is done safely during the pandemic.
“All our Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers have undergone infection control training, they are traveling solo to deliver the meals and have been inducted into the Meals on Wheels program requirements.
“As most of the meals go to our senior community members, during the pandemic the care and wellbeing of our seniors is obviously a priority. If any senior is in urgent need of support to access food services, please give Council a call on 57758555. Staff can assist you to link into the Meal on Wheels program or you can call My Aged Care on 1800 200422 for help.”
Cr Attley said Council celebrates everyone who is involved and looks forward to having the volunteers aged 65 and older return to their volunteering roles once DHHS recommends it is safe for them to do so.