When did Meals on Wheel start?
Meals on Wheels began in Britain during the Second World War and was established in Australia in 1952. It's a household name to this generation of Australians and is set to become an even more important service in the future as the population ages and people live longer and wish to maintain their independence.
Where does Meals on Wheel operate?
If you live in the City, Suburbs, Regional town or Coastal village, chances are there will be a service operating in your district.
Who is eligible for Meals on Wheels?
Meals on Wheels is not means tested and is a service geared to the needs of frail older people, younger people with disabilities and their careers. To find out if you or a relative is eligible contact us to arrange for someone to come to meet you and discuss your needs. Potential clients of Meals on Wheels can refer themselves, be referred by a family member, friend, doctor or hospital.
What is the Food like?
The food provided by Meals on Wheels is nutritionally balanced, tasty and caters to specific dietary needs, cultural preferences and personal tastes. As everybody leads different lives, there is flexibility in delivery options. Some prefer a hot meal delivered in the middle of the day, others like frozen or chilled food that can be heated at a time to suit. Menus are designed to be healthy and varied and our team of chefs and catering companies go out of their way to keep our clients happy.
How much do meals cost?
Every effort is made to keep meals as affordable as possible, particularly as many of our clients are pensioners. The generosity of our volunteers, who give their time to help cook in the kitchens, drive the cars, and deliver the meals, means we are able to provide a vital service at an economical price. The meals are provided at these products costs:
- Main Meal is $7.10
- Soup is $1.50
- Sweets are $2.00
- Sandwiches are $4.00