Each year, the last Wednesday of August is National NSW Meals on Wheels Day – a day to promote and raise the awareness of this amazing service and recognise the benefits to our communities.
Over the years my family have had lots to do with Meals on Wheels. Every Monday morning, my Mum heads off to her local Meals on Wheels kitchen. She is there by 6am and usually finishes by around 1pm. She has been a volunteer for a number of years and now manages the kitchen. My Mum can be a bit of a toughy, and has clamped down on some of the volunteers helping themselves to food, supposedly left overs! At 76 Mum is amazing for her age. She has traveled to many parts of the world bushwalking. She is extremely fit and healthy and very happy to give her time, because she can.
Meals on Wheels were wonderful for my Nanna. She passed away at the age of 94 and until her last few days, lived in her own home. Like my Mum, she was a prolific gardener. Her garden was her life. Meals on Wheels visited my Nan a couple of times a week. Cooking was not something my Nan enjoyed it was easier to not eat at all. The meals she received kept her on track and the volunteers who delivered the food were usually treated to a cup of tea, a bunch of Sweet Peas and a nice chat.
It is vital for the frail, elderly, disabled and carers to maintain their independence. Meals on Wheels give these people just that.
Meals on Wheels is a non profit organization, and located throughout the world. Thank you to all who volunteer their services to this fabulous cause.