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National Meals On Wheels day

31 August 2011

NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has paid tribute to the tireless efforts of Meals on Wheels volunteers and the vital role they play in helping the most vulnerable remain at home in their local communities.

Commemorating National Meals on Wheels Day today, Mr Constance said the O’Farrell Government valued the hard work of the thousands of volunteers who gave their own time to reach out to others in need.

“Meals on Wheels is among the most important volunteer-based organisations in New South Wales,” Mr Constance said.
“Its services are an essential part of the Home and Community Care Program (HACC) which enables older people and people with a disability to remain in the comfort of their own homes in familiar surroundings.”

“In 2010/11, the NSW Government and the Commonwealth provided almost $24 million in funding to food services in this State through the HACC program, helping serve more than 4.5 million meals.”

“The volunteers don’t just deliver nutritious food; they also provide a social lifeline to more than 15,000 frail older people and people with a disability in NSW.”

“Volunteers provide a vital link in checking and monitoring clients, providing information, referring clients to other services and alerting family and relatives if the client is unwell or has a problem.”

“As the Meals on Wheels volunteer may be the only individual an older person or person with a disability sees all day, their contribution to a community’s social fabric is immeasurable.”

“Food programs make an enormous contribution to the quality of life of thousands of our community members on a daily basis, and we look forward to continuing to support this vital work.”

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