THE 100 Meals on Wheels volunteers who deliver up to 1600 meals a week on the Mornington Peninsula were honoured on National Meals on Wheels Day, Wednesday 25 August.
Mornington Peninsula Shire acknowledged the dedication, commitment, and resilience of the volunteers who over a year collectively travel 125,000 kilometres which is equivalent to a trip around Australia.
“National Meals on Wheels Day acknowledges and celebrates the tremendous impact our Meals on Wheels volunteers have on our local communities,” the mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said.
“I thank our local volunteers for their passion and time.”
The shire acknowledges that the Meals on Wheels service would not survive without the support and dedication of its volunteers – especially during the COVID-19 lockdowns – as it provides the essential service to vulnerable residents. Each delivery run has 10-20 clients and volunteers can drive up to 65 kilometres per round.
More volunteers are needed due to declining numbers caused by the impact of the restrictions. They deliver nutritious meals and also check and monitor their clients’ wellbeing and provide social interaction. A smile and friendly chat is said to be vital during lockdown.
Those wanting to volunteer can visit: volmornpen.com.au
To find out more about Meals on Wheels, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/mealsonwheels
First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 31 August 2021