Who’s who in 2022, Community Groups: Meals on Wheels

Published 12:00am 12 December 2022

Who’s who in 2022, Community Groups: Meals on Wheels
Words by Moreton Daily

Hundreds of dedicated volunteers across the Moreton Bay Region go above and beyond every week, delivering thousands of meals to people under the umbrella of Meals on Wheels.

In February, Meals On Wheels Samford volunteers braved the February floods and found their way around road closures to ensure no client went hungry.

“Meals On Wheels Samford would like to give a shout out to our wonderful Friday delivery volunteers - today they went above and beyond making sure all meal deliveries were made safely to our dear clients - albeit with a few detours,” the service, which celebrates its second birthday this month, posted to its Facebook page at the time.

“With regular road closure checks, we were able to find safe and alternate routes to our clients' homes.”

Early last year, five Moreton Bay Region Meals on Wheels services - Caboolture, Bribie, Burpengary, Samford and Pine Rivers - merged to create a more flexible and efficient network to serve more clients.

The model also provides a support network for smaller services that had only a handful of volunteers, giving access to a larger team that can fill roster gaps in emergencies.

Meals on Wheels Moreton Bay has also formed a relationship with The Mini Farm Project at Millen Farm.

Under the partnership, the half-acre site at Samford’s Millen Farm provides 20-50kg of free fresh produce to Meals on Wheels each week.

The project reduces costs for Meals on Wheels and gives clients access to locally cooked meals filled with locally grown produce.

As well as Meals on Wheels Moreton Bay, Meals on Wheels Redcliffe – which has been operating for more than 50 years - delivers to clients across the Redcliff peninsula.

The service, which delivered its first 14 meals in 1967, now delivers more than 200 meals a day.

There’s also a branch at Deception Bay.

About Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels has been operating in Australia for more than 65 years.

According to Meals on Wheels Queensland, 9000 volunteers deliver 2.6 million meals to more than 19,000 people a year across the state.

Clients have a variety of support needs, including people in their senior years, recovering after a major illness or surgery, a person with a disability, a carer, or those needing assistance due to a special circumstance.

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