• Hannah Phillips

50 Million Meals on Wheels in SA

Meals on Wheels SA (MoWSA) has celebrated a huge milestone today, delivering its 50 millionth meal.

For the past 65 years, MoWSA has supported people who are in their senior years or living with a disability, to continue living independently within their own homes and communities, by home delivering meals with a smile.

Chief Executive MoWSA, Sharyn Broer, has thanked the thousands of generous and dedicated volunteers that keep the service going.

“We simply couldn’t do it without them and as a very small token of our deep appreciation, we will be treating them to a ‘thank you meal’ as part of our celebrations," she said.

Meals on Wheels was first established in Port Adelaide, South Australia in 1953 under the vision of Doris Taylor MBE, who ardently believed in the importance of ‘one hot meal per day taken to the home of aged and infirm people.’

Today, the iconic service is now a vital part of life for many South Australians, with a community of more than 7,000 volunteers operating from 80 branches throughout the state, delivering meals to 11,000 clients.

“Our amazing and inspiring volunteers don’t just prepare and deliver meals, they nourish, strengthen and care for communities by also providing vital social contact to people who may be isolated and lonely, as well as monitoring the physical and psychological wellbeing of those most vulnerable,” Ms Broer said.

“From cooks to kitchen hands, drivers to deliverers...we have the best volunteers in Australia and we want to say a huge thank you by shouting them a meal in honour of this incredible milestone.

"Whether it’s a BBQ at a branch or a delicious pub dinner, we’ll make sure all our volunteers enjoy a tasty meal on us!"

The official 50 millionth meal has been delivered today by Meals on Wheels Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and Mrs Le, to Betty Gottch at West Lakes Shore.

“It is an honour to be a Patron of Meals on Wheels and recognise this significant milestone,” His Excellency said.

“I warmly congratulate the organisation for its many years of inspirational work.”

The CEO also confirmed the strength of the organisation, saying: “We look forward to continuing to service South Australian communities and to delivering another 50 million meals into the future!”

Update June 6: To celebrate the occasion, Clayton spoke with Kapunda Branch Meals on Wheels Member Joanne Dickson on today's Arvo Flow.

For more information and to show your support, visit mealsonwheelssa.org.au.

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