Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels, along with other Home and Community Care services, aim to assist the elderly and those with disabilities to remain living independently for as long as possible.

People may not be able to cook for themselves for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the service is received for a short time, such as after a hip replacement operation. In most cases the meals are provided on an on‑going basis for people who, for various reasons, are unable to prepare food for themselves.

This vital nutritional supplement to daily diet is complimented by the monitoring and social welfare component of the service. Volunteers often alert their supervisors if a client’s health is deteriorating. This early intervention and prompt medical attention can often prevent hospitalisation or, in some cases, permanent care.

Meals on Wheels are cooked fresh and then delivered hot and ready to eat every day of the year in Greater Shepparton. A three course meal is provided to each client and they receive a quarterly menu offering them the choice of four main meals and three desserts along with soup and an optional juice.

There are seven week day runs in Shepparton, two in Mooroopna and one in Tatura delivered by Council’s 250+ valued Meals on Wheels volunteers.

Meals are also delivered on the weekends to clients in Shepparton, Mooroopna and Tatura by a number of local Community Service Clubs and volunteers. Delivered meals are also available to clients in Murchison.

Council also can arrange frozen meal deliveries to clients who reside in outlying areas as they are unable to take advantage of the hot delivered meals.

For more information regarding Meals on Wheels please phone the Food Services Coordinator on 03 5832 9808 or email meals@shepparton.vic.gov.au

Volunteering

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers in Shepparton and Mooroopna. Can you contribute one hour a month?

  • Volunteers are required throughout the year on a rostered basis, so you can commit as much or as little time as you choose.
  • Pick up time is 11:15am.
  • Delivery time is approximately 1 hour.
  • A five litre fuel voucher is provided for each run.
  • Comprehensive Car Insurance is required for your vehicle.
  • A police check is also required. (Council can arrange this at no charge to you.)
  • Emergency back-up volunteers are needed for when our regular volunteers are unavailable (particularly school holiday times.)
  • Volunteers can deliver meals on their own or with a partner
  • Regular volunteers are allocated to a specific day and delivery area. Choose a day that suits you.
  • Congratulate yourself for participating in a great community service!

If you can support your community by volunteering to assist with Meals on Wheels delivery then please phone the Food Services Coordinator on 03 5832 9808 or email meals@shepparton.vic.gov.au to request a Meals on Wheels Volunteer Information pack.

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