Meals on Wheels Central Coast Volunteer Recognised

Meals on Wheels Central Coast volunteer Paula Hardwick has been named as the winner of the Volunteering Central Coast Volunteer of the Year 2020 Award in celebration of National Volunteer Week. The Awards, that are held every year, acknowledge the contributions that volunteers make to the Central Coast community.

Paula has shared her shiny disposition with Meals on Wheels Central Coast clients for over the past 21 years, brightening the lives of clients as she delivers meals to their doors.

Paula brings not only joy and a smile, but she also dresses up in themed outfits for her meal delivery runs. Recently Paula has been sighted delivering meals dressed as a unicorn, pilot, and as a pirate, taking the time to go the extra mile to bring smiles to the faces of those she visits.

When she can, Paula also assists with Meals on Wheels Central Coast Community Restaurants. Although not currently running due to COVID-19, Paula is keen to get back to helping at these when they re-open.

“Paula is a wonderful asset to our organisation,” CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Coast Dennis Taylor said.

“It takes a special person to volunteer and Paula is the highlight in many a clients’ day. She, along with all of our volunteers, help combat social isolation, which is incredibly important especially in the current climate.

“We celebrate and acknowledge all of them this National Volunteer Week,” Mr Taylor said.

Paula will be able to accept her award at a special presentation on 4 November 2020 at the Volunteering Expo to be held at Erina.

It is due to volunteers like Paula that Meals on Wheels Central Coast can deliver over 15,000 meals to around 800 clients per month.



National Volunteer Week 2020

This week (18 to 24 May) we celebrate our volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Thank you for the amazing energy, warmth, and compassion that you bring to our community. Thank you for all that you do – we couldn’t do it without you.

Central Coast Volunteers Adapt to COVID-19

Take a look at this great news piece from NBN Central Coast, featuring our very own volunteer Paula Hardwick with a cameo appearance by our CSO, Lyn.




NRMA Rolls in to Assist Meals on Wheels Central Coast

The NRMA rolled into Evergreen Life Care at West Gosford today to assist Meals on Wheels Central Coast deliver meals to residents.

The NRMA announced last week that it would be assisting Meals on Wheels Central Coast deliver meals to the more vulnerable members of the community who are experiencing social isolation.
The meal deliveries at Evergreen Life Care are in lieu of the regular Community Restaurants that were held prior to the COVID-19 social distancing regulations.

As residents can no longer gather in the community hall for their Friday get together, Meals on Wheels Central Coast are taking freshly prepared hot meals to their front doors, practising social distancing procedures as they do so.

“Our clients at Evergreen Life Care are really enjoying the hot meal service that we are offering whilst the Community Restaurant is on hold,” Dennis Taylor CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Coast said.

“Although our volunteers maintain their distance socially, they are still able to have a quick chat to our clients from a safe distance, which in this time of isolation is extremely important.

“Having NRMA step in to assist us shows great community spirit and is very much appreciated. Having their team members volunteer means that we can get the hot meals to our clients in a more streamlined manner,” Mr Taylor said.

Meals on Wheels Central Coast cater to over 800 clients on the Central Coast, delivering around 15,000 meals per month to the elderly and People with Disability.

For more information on Meals on Wheels Central Coast, contact 4357 8444 or email

Amy Baulman, Volunteer Coordinator Meals on Wheels Central Coast with Alexa from NRMA


Meals on Wheels Central Coast Receives Donation From Rajshahi Indian Restaurant

Vulnerable members of our community have been given a boost by a generous donation to Meals on Wheels Central Coast.

The $600 donation was provided by Arti Sham from Rajshahi Indian Restaurant at Wyoming.

Arti wanted to reach out and help the Central Coast community by providing meals to the elderly and People with Disability, and Meals on Wheels Central Coast fell right into that category.

“We are so excited that we are able to give back to the community,” Arti Sham, Manager of Rajshahi Indian Restaurant said.

“Meals on Wheels Central Coast provides a great service to the local community and we are thrilled that we can assist them with our donation.

“We have been able to pay it forward to local community groups and organisations over the past few weeks and we are grateful that we can assist our community in this way,’ Ms Sham said.

Meals on Wheels Central Coast delivers around 15,000 meals per month to around 800 clients on the Central Coast. This donation will assist them to provide vital services to their clients.

“We are extremely grateful to Rajshahi Indian Restaurant for this donation,” CEO of Meals on Wheels Central Coast Dennis Taylor said.

“This monetary donation will assist with the provision of meals to clients who are vulnerable and need extra assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Mr Taylor said.

For more information on the services that Meals on Wheels Central Coast provide or to donate, please visit, call 4357 8444 or email

Dennis Taylor, CEO Meals on Wheels Central Coast, with Arti Sham, David Gill, Kanta Sham and Radhaya Sham from Rajshahi Indian Restaurant



Narellan Pools Makes a Splash with Meals on Wheels Central Coast

When Narellan Pools Central Coast heard about the increased demand for meal deliveries to the more vulnerable members of the community they wanted to help.

Managing Director of Narellan Pools Central Coast, Anders Carlsson, recognised that local charity Meals on Wheels Central Coast had a need for an extra vehicle to assist with meal deliveries so approached them with a generous offer of a loan car.

Delivering around 14,000 meals to 800 clients per month, the iconic Central Coast company was thrilled to be approached with this proposal.

Meals on Wheels Central Coast CEO Dennis Taylor said that the use of the car has made a huge difference in managing the amount of deliveries that are going out on a daily basis.

“Due to increased demand for our meal deliveries, we have had to increase our delivery days from 4 days per week to 5.

“The use of the Narellan Pools Central Coast company car has assisted us with streamlining our meal drops to the more vulnerable members of the community to ensure that they get them in a timely manner,” Mr Taylor said.

“We are thrilled to able to assist such a worthwhile organisation,” Anders Carlsson said.

“Meals on Wheels Central Coast is a vital in bringing meals to those most in need and it was an easy decision for us. We are proud to be associated with this long standing community organisation.”


Dennis Taylor, CEO Meals on Wheels Central Coast, with Anders Carlsson Managing Director of Narellan Pools Central Coast, and Deb Carlsson, Marketing Manager, Narellan Pools Central Coast.

Meals on Wheels Central Coast Announces New Directors

Meals on Wheels Central Coast is pleased to announce the appointment of two new directors to its Board of Governance. Joining the Board are Janelle Reid and Stephanie Blower.

Chairman of the Board, Ron Thomsen, said the mix of the new board members expertise in law, risk management and the not for profit sector will be an ongoing asset for Meals on Wheels Central Coast.

“Stephanie and Janelle’s professional experience will be of immense value in carrying our organisation into the future,” Mr Thomsen said.

Janelle Reid is the General Counsel at an Australian Federal Government statutory corporation. She was previously a Senior Lawyer at Clayton Utz, where she gained a decade of experience at a top tier national law firm. Janelle compliments the board with her legal and risk management skills and experience in strategic decision-making. She also brings her enthusiastic and philanthropic spirit.

Stephanie Blower is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She brings a wide breadth of experience in the Not for Profit field, having worked in the area for over 40 years, running Associations and organising conferences on their behalf. In recognition of this, she was inducted into the Associations Forum Hall of Fame in 2019.

In her last role as CEO of the Australasian Sleep Association, she served on the Board and a wide range of committees. She has a deep understanding of governance, strategic planning, regulation compliance, finance and managing stakeholder relationships.

Meals on Wheels Central Coast cater to over 800 clients on the Central Coast, delivering around 14,000 meals per month to the elderly and People with Disability.

Stephanie Blower

Janelle Reid

Glen 20 urges Australians to support our most vulnerable community in new TVC for Meals on Wheels

Iconic disinfectant brand, Glen 20, has launched a new national TV campaign in partnership with Meals on Wheels Australia, a not-for-profit organisation which delivers more than 14.8 million meals per year to the country’s elderly, and has seen a significant increase in demand for its services, as a result of COVID-19.

In this new TVC, Glen 20 highlights the much-needed service Meals on Wheels provides to protect the wellbeing of Aussies and how in this time of crisis, it needs further support. The TVC is part of a broader, purpose-led initiative where Glen 20 uses the power of its brand to encourage Australians to get behind the organisation during these challenging times.

Arnaud Sudre, Marketing Director at RB Hygiene ANZ, said: “At RB Hygiene, we are passionate about meaningful, purpose-led partnerships that help us deliver on our commitment to create a cleaner, healthier world – a commitment that sits at the very core of our business, and will continue to do so as we all work together to overcome COVID-19.”

“When ideating different ways our business could make a positive contribution to the community most vulnerable in this pandemic – the elderly – the synergies between Glen 20 and Meals on Wheels became very clear. As one of the country’s leading disinfecting brands, Glen 20 has been helping protect Aussies for generations, and so too has Meals on Wheels. While the means by which we achieve this may differ, we are motivated by a common goal and we are excited to partner with the Meals on Wheels team and do our bit to support them during this unprecedented period,” added Mr Sudre.

The simple, but emotive execution aims to drive much-needed donations for the organisation, which has felt the impact of COVID-19 in recent weeks.

Sharyn Broer, President at Meals on Wheels Australia said: “COVID-19 has had a significant impact on how we operate our services. Not only have we seen an increase in demand for meals, we have also faced hurdles as to how we can deliver them to our clients.

“We’re very pleased to be working closely with RB, and in particular Glen 20, to bolster our nationwide efforts to drive much-needed donations via above-the-line activity. It is a very generous offer and wonderful to have their backing as we try to overcome the many challenges the pandemic presents our organisation,” added Ms Broer.

The activity is part of a corporate partnership between RB, the parent company of Glen 20, and Meals on Wheels Australia. Earlier this month, the company announced a donation of $1 million worth of disinfectant products from across its Health and Hygiene portfolios – including household items from trusted brands; Glen 20, Pine O Cleen and Dettol – which are being distributed to Meals on Wheels clients and the volunteers who support them, over the next eight months.

The TVC first aired on Sunday, 12 April and will run nationally.


Committed to Delivering More Than Just a Meal

Meals on Wheels Central Coast is committed to continuing to deliver more than just a meal to the most vulnerable members of the community during the current COVID -19 pandemic. We have undertaken the following steps and procedures to ensure this service is delivered in a manner that is safe for our clients, volunteers and staff members.

Meals on Wheels Central Coast are following Best Practice Guidelines which have been issued by the Department of Health and we have staff members who are monitoring alerts on a daily basis and provide updates to staff and volunteers accordingly.

Our staff and volunteers are provided with Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves, mask and hand sanitiser and are required to change their gloves and use the sanitiser prior to every individual meal delivery.

All our staff have completed training on the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19 including :

  • COVID-19 – what is it?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Keeping safe – protecting yourself and others
  • Myth busting

We have implemented a contactless meal delivery procedure ensuring we follow social distancing guidelines while still maintaining direct verbal contact with the client and checking on their wellbeing. This involves knocking on the door and calling out to the client or contacting the client via phone after a delivery has been made to ensure they have received the meal and they do not require any further assistance.

Our office staff who are able to work from home are being supported to do so.

It is a requirement that all frontline staff receive a flu vaccination and are financially supporting volunteers to the same.

If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Dennis Taylor, CEO, on 4357 8444


Meals on Wheels and Woolworths Partnership

Here’s a great clip regarding the partnership between Meals on Wheels Central Coast and Woolworths, staring our very own staff and management, as well as our lovely client Bob and amazing volunteer Al.