In need of volunteers to deliver food to seniors

Published
10 Mar 2021
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The place that helps people in need, now needs some help of its own. Manningham Council’s Food Services, also known as Meals on Wheels, is seeking volunteers to help deliver meals to older people across our community.

Manningham Mayor Cr Andrew Conlon said the Food Services program enabled older people to remain in their own homes and maintain their independence, and volunteering was a great way to assist older residents by getting involved in the delivery program.

“In the last Aged Services Satisfaction Survey, respondents said the meals they received were varied and nutritious, and they looked forward to the days their meals were delivered,” he said.

“Many also thanked volunteers for their friendships and looked forward to the days they saw each other.”  

Jacqui Tregear volunteered with the Food Services program for 10 years until she retired at the end of 2019.

“The experience is just as rewarding for us volunteers as well,” she said.

All volunteers will work under Manningham Council’s COVID Safe Plan to safeguard their safety and that of our older residents.  All volunteers have the option to deliver meals on their own or with another team member.

Volunteers need to have a current drivers licence, a reliable and comprehensive insured vehicle and be available between 9.00am and 11.00am, either Monday, Wednesday or Friday on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis; or be part of an emergency pool.

Volunteers will also need to agree to a police check and will be provided with a $15 voucher at the end of each delivery run.

For more information and to get in touch, contact Coordinator Food Services Gaynor Florence on 9840 9384 or foodservices@manningham.vic.gov.au.