Despite its name, Meals on Wheels is more than just a food delivery service.
For thousands of vulnerable Queenslanders, it means a friendly face and the independence to stay in their own homes.
To mark National Meals on Wheels Day, Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors Coralee O’Rourke has paid tribute to the service and its army of hardworking volunteers.
“There are more than 15,000 selfless men and women who make this service possible across Queensland,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“They deliver two million meals a year from Aurukun to Dirranbandi and everywhere in between, assisting more than 10,000 Queenslanders.
“I thank them for their tireless efforts and for making Queensland a better place to call home.
“The Palaszczuk Government recognises the valuable contribution the Meals on Wheels service and volunteers make across the state.”
Mrs O’Rourke said daily visits from volunteers provides an opportunity for social interaction and to monitor the health and wellbeing of clients.
“For seniors, people with disabilities or those recovering from hospitalisation – they might not interact with other people during the day,” she said.
“Meals on Wheels allows them to live independently in their homes and stay connected in their communities.
“While aged care or other support may be needed later, this service provides a way for people to stay in the comfort of a familiar environment for as long as possible.
“I’d like to thank staff and volunteers involved in Meals on Wheels for their dedication and commitment to making a difference in the lives of the thousands of Queenslanders who benefit from these services.”
The Palaszczuk Government has committed more than $590,000 to 102 Meals on Wheels providers in Queensland each year for the next three years.
The Commonwealth Government funds Meals on Wheels services for people aged over 65 years under Aged Care arrangements, while the Queensland Government contributes funding for people aged up to 65.