Kiama Meals on Wheels will undertake an upgrade to their facilities, thanks to a grant worth $6441 from the state government.
Manager of Kiama Meals on Wheels Inc Joanne North, said volunteers are often the connector to the community for their customers who share stories, and experiences along the way.
“Kiama Meals on Wheels is a grassroots community based volunteer organisation working in the community for the community,” she said.
“The volunteers deliver healthy nutritious meals, a friendly chat and at times if needed a welfare check.
“All meals delivered meet the National Meal Guidelines that have been specifically designed to address the nutrient needs of people over the age of 65.
“Kiama Meals on Wheels promotes wellness and enhances peoples independence, by maximising their ability to remain living at home by providing ongoing nutritional support and reducing the impact of social isolation.”
Kiama MP Gareth Ward said that he was extremely pleased to secure the funding from the NSW government for this terrific community project.
“This funding boost will allow for a Williams Australian manufactured three door freezer to store diet specific, nutritious and ready to eat meals for residents living in the Kiama Municipality,” he said.
Mr Ward said he would like to acknowledge Joanne North and her team of volunteers.
“Kiama Meals on Wheels do an outstanding job – they not only provide flexible food options to help people continue to live independently – they also bring people together to enjoy a meal with company and arrange transport to and from the venue,” he said.
“But it’s not just meals. Sadly loneliness is a major concern amongst older people. A visit from a Meals on Wheels volunteer may be the only contact people have each week.”
Mr Ward plans to join Kiama Meals on Wheels for a delivery run early in 2019.
Please visit the Kiama Meals on Wheels Inc website at kiamamealsonwheels.com.au/ or phone them on (02) 4232 3735.