THOUSANDS of Australians rely on them and today is our chance to honour the tireless work of Meals on Wheels volunteers.
Today is the 60th National Meals on Wheels Day and in Tamworth the service’s clients will receive a cupcake baked specially for the occasion and a commemorative placemat.
Tamworth Meals on Wheels, one of about 680 services Australia-wide, employs nine staff, has more than 300 volunteers and provides a service for 220 people.
They join more than 80,000 volunteers nationally who deliver about 14 million meals to more than 60,000 clients in cities, regional and rural areas.
Australian Meals on Wheels Association president Ron Welsh said the service had come a long way from its humble beginnings in Melbourne with one woman on a bike delivering a few meals to local residents.
“The Meals on Wheels service and volunteers across Australia not only provide a nutritious meal ... but also an important community connection through calling at homes each day to provide a cheery welcome, daily contact and monitor the wellbeing of each valued client, hence our national theme, ‘More than just a meal’,” he said.