On Wednesday, August 26 National Meals on Wheels Day will recognise the dedicated workforce who have stepped up to help protect the health and wellbeing of vulnerable Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And that includes those who operate this valuable service in the Hawkesbury region.
When the first COVID diagnoses came to light, Meals on Wheels volunteers aged 70 and over were recommended to self-isolate for their own safety.
The service adapted to contactless delivery in order to protect the health of its clients, as well as its volunteers.
Meals on Wheels NSW CEO Les MacDonald says: "National Meals on Wheels day recognises the outstanding contribution of our wonderful volunteers, who ensure older Australians remain nourished and safe at home every day".
Mr MacDonald said it had been "an uncertain last 12 months", with bushfire devastation, flooding and now the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We offer gratitude and thanks to all of the 35,000 volunteers in NSW, and the growing band of individuals and organisations that have come on board, who continue to support us," Mr MacDonald said.
"Their efforts have made us stronger and more focussed than ever, and we celebrate their contribution to our service."
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government has provided vital additional funding in order to allow Meals on Wheels services to continue their vital role in the community.
Hawkesbury Colo Meals on Wheels provides a range of services designed to help people remain in their own home.
As well as the regular food delivery service they offer emergency shopping, social support and dementia client support.
All of their clients receive regular monitoring and support from the service's staff and volunteers.
They cater to all special dietary requirements and deliver chilled, frozen and hot meals - along with salads and sandwiches - to senior citizens and those with mobility issues across the Hawkesbury and Colo region.
For more information you can phone 4571 1633 or or go to mealsonwheels.org.au.