Keeping hot meals on the table

RAIN, hail or shine Gympie’s Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers prepare and serve 100 people hot meals, five days a week.

And today the volunteer organisation celebrated a national day in their honour.

Manager Jules Delgado said national Meals on Wheels Day was always held on the last Wednesday in August. “It’s an annual celebration that recognises the work of the organisations 78,700 volunteers at over 740 branches around the country,” she said.

With a skeleton staff Gympie’s non-profit organisation would not survive without it’s 300 volunteers – and more were always welcome Ms Delgado said. For the national day commemorative placements were going out with meals.

“We work Monday to Friday every week, meals are a necessity.”

Minister for Disability Services Curtis Pitt paid tribute to the thousands of volunteers who sacrificed their own time to improve the lives of Queenslanders.

“Meals on Wheels is one of Australia’s best known and loved community-based initiatives, providing essential assistance to thousands of Queenslanders every day,” he said.

“Our Meals on Wheels providers are primarily run by volunteers and I would like to express my thanks for the wonderful job they do in supplying ready-to-eat meals to frail aged people and younger people with disabilities in their own homes.

“Meals on Wheels is far more than just a food delivery service – not only do they deliver a hot meal to those in need but they also ensure the safety and wellbeing of their clients.”

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