Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Meals on Wheels keeps cool thanks to grant

A vital service to the Fraser Coast community has kept its meals cool thanks to a grant from the Federal Government’s Stronger Community Programme.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt visited Meals on Wheels Fraser Community which received $20,000 through the program for new cold room condensers.

“Meals on Wheels do an amazing job providing not just meals, but a friendly face, and a daily welfare check for the clients they deliver to,” Mr Pitt said.

“Ensuring that meals and the food used to make the meals is stored correctly is crucial to this community organisation.

“More than 60 projects right across the Hinkler electorate have received funding through the popular Stronger Communities Programme.

“Projects have included a portable BBQ trailer, shade sails and marquees, air conditioning in community halls and clubhouses, a community run café, a wheelchair accessible bus, improved disability access, upgraded changing rooms and much more.”

Meals on Wheels Fraser Coast Community manager Maria Daye said the cold room condensers were reaching the end of their viable life span and needed replacement.

“Any outage to these cold rooms would have a major impact on our operational capabilities, and continuity of our operation is imperative to service the community members who rely on Meals on Wheels for the provision of meals,” Ms Daye said.

“Many of the frail, disabled and older members of the community rely on Meals on Wheels for the provision of daily meals for their welfare and wellbeing and with this service many of these community members are also able to remain within the security of their own homes.”

Meals on Wheels Fraser Community was established in 1968 when 12 meals were delivered in the first week and now cook around 10,000 meals a month.

Anyone can purchase meals from Meals on Wheels, which is located at 39a Islander Road, Pialba. For more information or to volunteer please call the friendly team on 4128 1334 or Maryborough on 4121 4297.

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