Eastern Shore Meals on Wheels celebrates 40 years

Eastern Shore Meals on Wheels celebrates 40 years

The Eastern Shore branch of Meals on Wheels has celebrated its 40th anniversary with a week-long celebration for volunteers and members of the public to ‘drop in’ for cake and a chat.

The Eastern Shore branch of Meals on Wheels has celebrated its 40th anniversary with a week-long celebration for volunteers and members of the public to ‘drop in’ for cake and a chat.

Meals on Wheels, which currently operates from the Warrane Senior Citizens Club, has been delivering meals to the community by a group of dedicated volunteers.

Meals were delivered from 1966, however with the collapse of the Tasman Bridge, the group gained independence and was officially formed on 21 October 1975 by then Warden of Clarence, Bruce Goodluck, who was a strong supporter of the service.

The day after, 95 meals were delivered by volunteers in six cars. Today, the branch delivers around 400 meals per week to more than 100 recipients, which equates to a staggering 20,000 meals per year.

Surprisingly, Meals on Wheels has operated continuously since 1966, despite the collapse of the Tasman Bridge when meals were shipped from Hobart to the Eastern Shore.

President of Meals on Wheels, Jackie Cole believed the success of Meals on Wheels was recognition of the hard work both volunteers and committee members have given over the years.

“I thank all committee members and volunteers, past and present who have dedicated their time to Meals on Wheels,” Ms Cole said.

“I have been involved in the service since 2004 and during that time there have been many individuals, groups and organisations who have helped along the way and been extremely supportive of Meals on Wheels to which the committee is very thankful for.”

Meals on Wheels deliver chilled fresh meals five days per week with frozen meals delivered on Fridays. Meals are sourced from Strathaven Nursing Home in Berriedale. Each year, Meals on Wheels put on an afternoon tea to thank all their volunteers as well as providing treats at Easter and Christmas time.

Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman congratulated the group on their 40th anniversary.

“This volunteer-run group has done a tremendous job in providing much needed meals to people on the Eastern Shore,” Mayor Chipman.

“Their dedication is truly remarkable. I thank them on behalf of the community and wish them all the very best as they embark on the next 40 years.”

 




Clarence City Council
38 Bligh Street (PO Box 96)
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
Telephone:(03) 62 17 9500




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