MEALS on Wheels delivers nourishing meals to the doors of those who need assistance to remain living independently at home, providing not only a wholesome meal, but a friendly catch-up on delivery.

“We not only provide a freshly cooked meal, we also provide a safety check to all recipients and peace of mind for family and friends,” Meals on Wheels Tasmania chief executive officer Rebecca Free said.

“As we deliver to most clients regularly, we get to know our clients’ usual movements, and if we know they’re always home and don’t answer their door when our volunteer arrives to deliver their meal, we take steps to follow up with next of kin to ensure the wellbeing of the client.

“This is what sets Meals on Wheels apart from many other ‘drop and go’ meal providers.

“The social connection, the interaction with the volunteer, the chance to have a chat to a familiar and friendly face is just as important as the delivery of the meal itself.”

Meals on Wheels offers a wide variety of choices in most areas they service, to ensure there is always something that appeals to clients and caters to special dietary, allergy and texture requirements.

“We offer many gluten free options, vegetarian meals and our meals are diabetic friendly,” Ms Free said.

“Our main meals come with the required levels of protein for an older person, five different vegetables that provide important nutrients and most importantly, meet the National Meals on Wheels Guidelines developed in partnership with the University of Wollongong.”

Meals on Wheels encouraged people to reach out to them if they were interested in volunteering.

Volunteering for Meals on Wheels requires a current Tasmanian unrestricted driver’s licence and a current Tasmanian Police Check (which Meals on Wheels pays for).

Branches are located across the south, northern Midlands, north-west coast and east coast of Tasmania.

For more information about receiving meals, or to discuss volunteering opportunities, phone the Meals on Wheels state office 1800 696 325 or email office@mowtas.org.au.

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