National Meals on Wheels day took place last week to celebrate the 78,700 volunteers and their contribution to their community.
Meals on Wheels Australia President Leon Holmes said the day was about recognising the efforts of the organisation, who have delivered more than 14.8 million meals to over 50,000 recipients in a year.
The organisation delivers meals to metropolitan, regional and rural areas in Australia but said the service was much more than a meal.
“Not only do Meals on Wheels volunteers provide a nutritious meal to our valued clients, but they also provide an important community connection through calling at homes each day to provide a cheery welcome, daily contact and monitor their wellbeing,” said association president Ron Welsh.
The National Meals on Wheels Day celebrations included volunteer ‘thank you’ barbeques, special meals and extra treats for clients.
“The day was about recognising the efforts of our volunteers,” said Mr Welsh. “I can’t praise highly enough our volunteers, many of whom have been with their local services for years, even decades."
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