Meals on Wheels is a name familiar to Australians and is at the heart of many communities.
Whilst age and disability may reduce some people’s capacity to get out and about, Meals on Wheels help make it possible for them to stay in their homes, where most people are happiest, it also aims to maintain their independence.
Delivery of nutritious meals, social interaction and a friendly check of a client’s wellbeing by Meals on Wheels volunteers can help people live the lives the way they choose.
From its inception over 50 years ago, Meals on Wheels has grown to become a driving force of care in the community.
In the course of a year, over 14.8 million meals are delivered by more than 78,700 volunteers to about 53,000 recipients Australia wide; in cities, regional and rural areas. Of these, about 4.5 million meals are delivered by 35,000 volunteers in NSW each year.
What does Meals on Wheels do?
Meals on Wheels provide a nutritionally balanced meal to frail older people; people with a disability, and their carers. The service is not means tested.
The Meals on Wheels program provides healthy and appetising meals delivered directly to the homes of our clients within the Wollondilly Shire.
Meals are cooked fresh and rapidly chilled or frozen to preserve taste, texture and nutritional quality. Meals are prepared low in fat, sugar and sodium and are suitable for all diets.
We cater for special dietary requirements including: vegetarian, vegan, pureed meals and chopped meals.
The cost of meals are $4.50 for mini meals and $5.50 for larger meals. We can also provide soup, dessert and juice.
Referrals and Eligibility:
People can be referred through the Myagedcare Gateway on www.myagedcare.gov.au or just call 1800 200 422. Clients must be on a package or part of the Home and Community Care program group: frail older people and younger people with a disability and their carers. Eligibility assessment of potential clients is carried out by the regional assessment team in your area.