Meals on Wheels program in need of volunteers

Northern Grampians Shire Council is currently seeking more volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program.

Stawell resident John Bevington receives his meal from volunteer Elva Raggatt and Northern Grampians Shire Council Meals on Wheels coordinator, Shirley Rickard.

Stawell resident John Bevington receives his meal from volunteer Elva Raggatt and Northern Grampians Shire Council Meals on Wheels coordinator, Shirley Rickard.

Council has a valued group of Meals on Wheels volunteers, but is looking for new people to assist with the delivery of meals to residents in the Stawell community.

Meals are delivered Monday to Friday between 11.30am and 1pm.

The Meals on Wheels service assists clients to remain living independently in their own homes. All meals are designed to meet daily nutritional requirements and specific dietary requirements. Meals are prepared by the Stawell Regional Health and East Wimmera Health Services kitchens and can be delivered either hot or frozen.

Council's Meals on Wheels coordinator, Shirley Rickard, said the program relies heavily on the valued support of dedicated and caring community members.

"As well as delivering meals, volunteers provide clients with social interaction and a friendly check of their wellbeing," Mrs Rickard said.

"It's not only clients whose lives are enhanced by Meals on Wheels. Volunteers gain satisfaction from doing something practical, yet personal, for others in the community.

"Volunteers are crucial to the operation of every Meals on Wheels organisation. Without volunteers, the service would not be able to operate.

"No matter what an individual can offer, every bit of help adds up to a happier, healthier community."

Anyone who can commit to volunteering one day a week, one day a month, school holidays or public holidays can contact Council's Meals on Wheels Coordinator, Shirley Rickard, on 5358 7590.

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