Service means more than just a meal

volunteer delivering food, and other activities. Pic of Volunteer Alan West and client Edith Reynolds
volunteer delivering food, and other activities. Pic of Volunteer Alan West and client Edith Reynolds

ALMOST 700 Meals on Wheels services across Australia will celebrate the 61st National Meals on Wheels Day tomorrow, including in Blacktown, Holroyd, The Hills and Parramatta.

At Blacktown, clients will receive a gift and will be treated to a special morning tea alongside the service's volunteers.

Client service officer Amber Bulbert, of Rooty Hill, said tomorrow's milestone was an important occasion to recognise not only the contribution of volunteers, but how the clients "make the service what it is".

Ms Bulbert said the Blacktown service delivered meals to those with limited mobility and the frail aged, but also provided a social space for clients to meet with friends.

"Some of the comments I've been hearing from clients is that they wouldn't even miss a day," she said. "It's just providing that social contact, which is very important if you live alone."

Blacktown Meals on Wheels manager Rebecca Waterhouse said the service played a large part in the lives of many elderly Australians across the nation.

"The wonderful dedication from our volunteers makes our jobs enjoyable and the clients feel valued," Ms Waterhouse said. "We have about 120 loyal volunteers doing different roles, including delivering meals, centre base helpers, bus drivers, office workers and many odd jobs."

In The Hills, an average of 70 meals are delivered each day across the Shire.

On Wednesday, Hills Community Care will also acknowledge the efforts of its volunteers with a luncheon to thank them for their dedication to their community.

"Many clients do not have family or friends and the visit by our volunteers is highly valued," said a spokesman from The Hills council.

Volunteer: or call the Blacktown service on 9622 6183.


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