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Meals on Wheels in need of volunteers

EASTERN Shore Meals on Wheels is on the look-out for people to help provide a vital service to the local community.

Meals on Wheels is a not-for-profit organisation that provides meals to those who have difficultly preparing meals for themselves due to age or disability.

The delivery of nutritious meals and social interaction allows many people to stay in their own homes longer than otherwise would be possible.

Meals on Wheels Association of Tasmania Inc. executive officer Rebecca Free said Meals on Wheels had been helping Tasmanians for more than 60 years.

“Not only do we provide a freshly cooked meal, we also provide a safety check to all recipients and peace of mind for family and friends,” she said.

“As we deliver to most clients regularly, we get to know our clients’ regular movements, and if we know they’re usually home and don’t answer their door when our volunteer arrives to deliver their meal, we take steps to follow up with next of kin to ensure their wellbeing.”

Ms Free said the organisation relied heavily on the generosity of locals to assist in delivering meals to recipients, but currently had a shortage of volunteers on the Eastern Shore.

“Of course, the more volunteers we have on the Eastern Shore, the less we have to rely on the same volunteers to assist with meal delivery,” she said.

“This helps us to cover delivery runs with regular volunteers when they head off on holidays, are unwell or have other commitments.”

Volunteering for Meals on Wheels requires a current Tasmanian unrestricted drivers licence and a current Tasmanian Police Check, paid for by Meals on Wheels.

Meals are delivered on the Eastern Shore every weekday, and meals for the weekend can be delivered on a Friday.

Ms Free said volunteers were usually required for around an hour in the mid to late morning.

“We also pay a reimbursement for fuel,” she said.

“Whether you have an hour a week or an hour a month to give, we encourage you to contact us at Meals on Wheels to discuss volunteering opportunities on the Eastern Shore.”

For more information, contact the Eastern Shore office via phone on 6244 3925 or email easternshore@mowtas.org.au.

Caption: Eastern Shore Meals on Wheels is on the look-out for people to help provide a vital service to the local community.