Council says thanks for Meals on Wheels

Published on 28 August 2019

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Yarra Ranges Council would like to publicly recognise and thank more than 100 volunteers who work all year round to help isolated, aged and frail residents across the Yarra Ranges.

Mayor, Tony Stevenson, said that National Meals on Wheels Day (28th August) was a chance to stop and say thanks to volunteers who dedicate their time to helping others.

“We all know that Meals on Wheels is a fantastic program – by having access to good, healthy food, vulnerable residents, such as our elderly residents and people with a disability, can live more independently,” Cr Stevenson said.

“What can be forgotten is that without the help of more than 100 volunteers here in Yarra Ranges, and thousands more across Australia, this long standing and valued program simply wouldn’t exist.

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Cr Tony Stevenson, Jenny and Cyril Whitchurch and Mervyn Serpell about to head out for Meals on Wheels deliveries.

“These volunteers not only deliver good food to our residents, but they check in, build relationships and help to reduce social isolation. If things aren’t going well, they can help to connect the clients with family or, if needed, medical assistance.

“Meals on Wheels has been run in parts of Yarra Ranges for more than 50 years and, with people living longer and living independently, it’s more important than ever to have this vital service in our community.”

“These volunteers do outstanding work each and every week, and I know I speak on behalf of the community and Council when I say it’s truly appreciated, so thank you.”

In the 2018-19 year, 31,500 meals were delivered across the community as part of the program.

The Meals on Wheels program is provided to residents assessed as eligible under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) which is funded by the Federal Government, or residents eligible through the State Government funded Home and Community Care Program for Younger People.

To find out if you are eligible for this service contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 (if you are aged over 65, 50 or over for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people) or Council’s Aged and Disability Services Team on 1300 368 333 if you are under 65.

For more information, visit Council's Support for Seniors page or myagedcare.gov.au

To express interest in volunteering for Meals on Wheels or other programs, visit Council's Volunteering page

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