RISING costs have led to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council entering into a $1 million meals on wheels service partnership with Frankston Council.
The shire has run a meals on wheels program for more than 30 years, producing around 75,000 meals annually, while supporting welfare and independent living.
Community services manager Jo Bradshaw said costs had been rising due to a steady increase in new clients and so the shire joined forces with Frankston in a joint tender for the service.
“This is expected to make the service more cost-effective and ensure a more competitive outcome for both councils,” she said.
“Through this joint tender we have been able to provide value for money to our ratepayers, while also prioritising support for local businesses.”
The tender was released on 12 June 2021 and the new contract will begin 1 July.
“Supporting our community by delivering quality, cost-effective services is a key focus of our council and wellbeing plan,” Ms Bradshaw said.