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More than just a meal

EASTERN Shore residents’ Meals on Wheels deliveries will now arrive in style, with the organisation upgrading its all-important food transport eskies.

A $1,500 grant from Clarence City Council enabled Eastern Shore Meals on Wheels to replace 16 well-worn old eskies, which have transported countless meals to local residents over the past decade or so.

Providing a much-needed community service for more than 40 years, Eastern Shore Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered nearly 21,000 meals to 110 recipients over the past financial year alone.

“As you’d imagine, being used every day they get a lot more wear and tear than the average esky, so they’ve done a magnificent job,” driver Lynne Holland said.

Many Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers are themselves ageing, and the service desperately needs to recruit more.

Ms Holland said all help would be greatly appreciated – whether it’s several times a week or once a month.

She said volunteers often got as much out of it as the recipients.

“It’s the communication as much as anything, the contact with the people you deliver to – some of the life stories they’ve got to tell are absolutely incredible,” she said.

“Our motto is ‘more than just a meal’, and quite often we’re the only person the customers see every day who they can have a chat with.

“And the fact is, one day it could be any of us that need the service.”

If you can spare some time to volunteer or would like more information on the service, phone 1800 696 325 or visit www.mowtas.org.au.

Caption: Eastern Shore Meals on Wheels volunteers with Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman.