Meals on Wheels’ 2IC Cook Dianne Wood and new apprentice cook Cameron Slatyer load frozen food into packs for people who still require meals on public holidays.
Meals on Wheels’ 2IC Cook Dianne Wood and new apprentice cook Cameron Slatyer load frozen food into packs for people who still require meals on public holidays. Tanya Easterby

Meals on Wheels halts deliveries on public holidays

GYMPIE Meals on Wheels has received a positive response to its decision to no longer deliver meals on public holidays.

The community organisation's policy takes effect tomorrow for the Anzac Day public holiday.

Meals on Wheels assistant manager Terri Ward said the decision was based on financial considerations.

"Most of our clients go away on holidays or have family coming to visit," she said.

Clients not falling into this category but still needing a meal will still be looked after.

"We offer frozen meals to people who regularly get a meal on these days," Ms Ward said.

"We still cater for people who don't have family visiting or aren't going away."

Meals on Wheels requests clients provide 24 hours notice of a frozen meal request on a public holiday. To request a frozen meal, call 54823342.

The decision has been understood by Gympie Meals on Wheels clients and positive feedback received.

"We sent out letters and the response we have received has been positive," Ms Ward said.

"They understand our workers do a good job and deserve a break."

Meanwhile, Gympie Meals on Wheels is renewing calls for delivery drivers and driver assistants.

The kitchen is close to full - a great sign for the vital community service.

"Workplace health and safety means we need two people on each run," Ms Ward said.

"We have seven runs and are always looking for drivers."

Deliveries start at 11am and drivers are usually back by 1pm.

Anyone who can lend a hand is encouraged to contact Gympie Meals on Wheels service coordinator Dianne McMullen on 54823342.

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