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Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-led service, designed to help those with mobility issues to eat nutritious meals. Volunteers also offer other services, such as Centre-based meals and a Housebound Shopping Service.
Meals on Wheels is part of the Home and Community Care program which is jointly funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and Council. This service assists frail aged residents, people with disability and carers in the local area by delivering meals right to their doors, as well as providing a Housebound Shopping Service and Centre Based Meals.
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer or know someone who is? Volunteers are needed for meal deliveries Monday to Fridays, Housebound Shopping Service fortnightly, and Aged Pension Thursdays.
Referrals of those in need can be made by medical practitioners, hospital or any health service, home care, and aged care assessment teams (ACAT). Following referrals all clients are assessed by a Food Service Coordinator before the service begins.
Meals for the week are delivered hot, cold or frozen, Monday to Friday between 11.30am and 1.30pm.
Special diets are catered for.
Cost of meal: $7 (in accordance with Council Fees and Charges).
Meals consists of main meal, dessert and juice.
The Housebound Shopping Service is available fortnightly to Canterbury-Bankstown residents who are unable to do shopping due to illness, frail age or disability.
Referral for this service is required.
Orders are taken over phone by staff, then volunteers shop and deliver to a client's home.
Centre-based meals are provided at the Bankstown Senior Citizens Centre.
Beginning at 10am, morning tea is provided. From noon, a hot lunch is provided. This services operates on Mondays to Fridays.
There are plenty of activities at the Centre in addition to the meals.
For more information, to volunteer or for referrals, contact Council's Food Services Team Leader on 9707 9646.