This National Meals on Wheels Day, Meals on Wheels Australia is making an urgent call for more
wheels right across the country.

Dave chats with Rebecca Free from Meals on Wheels Tasmania on this annual celebration, held on the last Wednesday in August acknowledging and celebrating the dedication and commitment of over 45,000 Meals on Wheels volunteers.

This year Meals on Wheels is flagging the need for more delivery drivers to keep the wheels of the over 590 services turning.
President of Meals on Wheels Australia, Sharyn Broer says volunteers play an integral role within
the organisation and with more older Australians needing the support of Meals on Wheels than
ever, new volunteers are urgently required to ensure continual delivery of the service now and into
the future.
“Meals on Wheels delivery drivers are required right across Australia. This Meals on Wheels Day
we are encouraging anyone who has a few hours to spare each week to reach out to their local
Meals on Wheels service and offer their support by way of volunteering.”
“We have noticed a particular shortage in delivery drivers, who often use their own vehicles, so
Meals on Wheels needs more wheels!”
Mrs Broer says it’s not just Meals on Wheels customers who benefit from the essential service.
“Recent research conducted by Volunteering Australia highlighted the positive impact volunteering
had on preventing social isolation and feelings of loneliness in those who continued to donate their
time during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“At Meals on Wheels we recognise the sense of pride and purpose volunteering at a local service
offers, as well as opportunities to make new friends while making a real and positive difference
within your local community,” she explains.
“We truly are indebted to our volunteers and wish to thank them for their commitment and
resilience over the last 18 months. Without their help, we would not be able to support the health,
independence and connection of over 200,000 older Australians every year.”
As part of this year’s campaign, Meals on Wheels is also looking to inspire ‘the next generation’ of
volunteers by collaborating with Australian primary schools.
In the lead up to, or during the week of National Meals on Wheel Day, primary school students
across the country are encouraged to create ‘thank you’ cards, to give to volunteers at their local
Meals on Wheels service.
“Our volunteers tell us that they don’t need formal recognition, but we know that they would be
thrilled to receive a handmade thank you card from a young student,” Mrs Broer says.

“It also provides us with an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the benefits of volunteering, social
responsibility and the importance of caring for vulnerable members of our community, to the ‘next
generation’ of volunteers.”
Meals on Wheels supports the health and wellbeing of over 200,000 older and vulnerable people
within the community, across over 590 service locations, every year, and has been doing so for
more than 60 years.
For more information on National Meals on Wheels Day 2021 visit
https://mealsonwheels.org.au/news/national-meals-on-wheels-day-2021/

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