When did Meals on Wheels start?
Meals on Wheels began in Britain during the Second World War and was established in Australia in 1952. It’s a household name to this generation of Australians and is set to become an even more important service in the future as the population ages and people live longer and wish to maintain their independence.
Meals on Wheels has been operating on the Central Coast since the 1960s. Originally, ten Meals on Wheels outlets were located throughout the region – seven in the Wyong Local Government Area and three in the Gosford Local Government Area. These services eventually amalgamated to become Meals on Wheels Central Coast Inc. in 2010.
Where does Meals on Wheels Central Coast operate?
Meals on Wheels Central Coast services the entire Central Coast region. Our volunteers operate from as far north as Summerland Point and Wyee and as far south as the Woy Woy Peninsula and Spencer on the Hawkesbury River.
Who is eligible for Meals on Wheels?
Meals on Wheels is not means tested and is a service geared to the needs of older people as well as younger people with disabilities and their carers.
How much do meals cost?
Every effort is made to keep meals as affordable as possible, particularly as many of our clients are pensioners. The meals are provided at production cost and range in price from as little as 99c for ice cream and up to $7.50 for our premium meal options.
The generosity of our volunteers, who give their time to help cook in the kitchens, drive the cars, and deliver the meals, means we are able to provide a vital service at an economical price.
What does ‘More than just a meal’ mean?
Although delivery of prepared meals is the basis of the service, Meals on Wheels is so much more. It is more than just a meal. It is also about ensuring people who may not be able to get out and about, enjoy regular social interaction and the comfort of knowing someone will drop by regularly to say hello and see how they are going.
Meals on Wheels also provides the opportunity for people to be taken to local centres to share a meal with others or go on outings, with the assistance of volunteers.
How can I support Meals on Wheels Central Coast?
As a not for profit community organisation, we welcome support in a variety of forms. We are always seeking support from community members who wish to volunteer their time to work with us, as well as financial donations and bequests.
Department of Health (Ageing and Aged Care) www.agedcare.health.gov.au
Ageing Disability and Home Care www.adhc.nsw.gov.au
Aged Care Rights Service www.adedrights.asn.au
My Aged Care www.myagedcare.gov.au
Aged Care Commissioner www.agedcarecomplaints.gov.au
Australian Human Rights Commission www.humanrights.gov.au
Disability Council of NSW www.disabilitycouncil.nsw.gov.au
National Disability Insurance Scheme www.ndis.gov.au
Central Coast Disability Network www.ccdn.com.au
NSW Ombudsman www.ombo.nsw.gov.au