The National Meals on Wheels Day happens on 28 August.

The day celebrates the work of the various Meals on Wheels groups throughout the country.

The organisations make sure

  • older Australians eat well so to age well
  • more than 1 millon older Australians who are at risk of malnutrition are cared for
  • that our service model, which is proven in improving nutrional health, continues to inform clients
  • the system improves so it is simpler, fairer and more affordable for older people to use our services

Meals on Wheels Australia is calling on the Australian Government to double its investment in meal support through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

This $80 million additional investment means older Australians would pay only for the cost of the ingredients used in their meals, making payments fair and affordable, regardless of which government funding programme they are eligible to access or where they live.

Payments for meal services currently comprise only 3% of the $2.4 billion Commonwealth Home Support Programme budget. Consumer payments are, on average, 1-2 times as much as the government funding. This is grossly unfair compared to other service types available under this programme, and compared to meal services provided through Home Care Packages and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Increased investment in meal support will reduce demand for more expensive aged care services and relieve pressure on public hospital systems. Most importantly it will improve the quality of life and confidence of more older people to live independently for longer.


The Aged Care Safety and Quality Commission has been to check out our services, and they have reported back.

We were very excited with the report and the comments on how we do things, on how we care for our clients and on how well organised our Coopertaive is.

There was a huge vote of congratulations over the care for the clients. Those clients who spoke to the Team Leader were full of praise for what we do; whether it be in our meals service or the group and individual social support tasks we complete.

There was a huge vote of appreciation from the clients to the volunteers that they meet. The Team Leader was very impressed by these comments and by the number of volunteers we have working for the Cooperative.

She was even more impressed when told how many seek to assist us, and how long they stay within our Cooperative. She did say many similar organisations would envy the number of volunteers we have, how well they are received by clients and the culture within the organisation which means our volunteers stay and stay and stay!

We, of course, think she is right and are most grateful for the work of our volunteers. We shall recognise this in September with our High Tea at the Moruya Jockey Club on Wednesday 11th September.

The day long assessment of our systems saw staff, clients, volunteers and Board members meeting with the Team Leader to discuss freely how the organisation works. The Team Leader looked at our records, reports, Board Minutes and took time to visit Out and About clients 'in session' in Batemans Bay.

A very successful review and a very pleasing report.

Thank you to everyone who makes Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels such a wonderful, vibrant and successful Cooperative serving the Eurobodalla community so well.

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels has been very fortunate over the last few months.

A number of community groups have sought to support the work of the Cooperative through generous donations.

The Commonwealth Bank has given a donation of $500 recognising the work of our organisation within the community. This donation will assist our meals programme.

The Moruya Golf Club held a Golf Day on June 23rd with the proceeds being donated to us to assist with the training and support of our wonderful volunteers. As a new programme is developed over the next six months which is designed to make sure of clients are ready for the summer, this  donation will assist with resouces and materials.

We are very grateful to the Soldiers Club in Batemans Bay for their most generous donation of $10,000. This money was applied for under the ClubGrants scheme and will assist with the running costs of our bus over the next year. This is a huge contribution to the success of our Group Social Support programme.

Our bus picks up, and returns home, our clients four days a week. The Clients are taken to the activity centre in Narooma each Monday and in Batemans Bay each Thursday. On Tuesday and Friday the bus takes clients to all manner of places as part of our Lunch About programme. For these we could go out of the Shire on Tuesdays and to venues within the Shire on Fridays. Sometimes we stay 'home' and we do an activity in Tomakin.

The three Rotary Clubs (Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma) from within the Shire, and the Moruya Jockey Club have dedicated their community race day on 22 December to Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels and Yumaro. The funds raised will support a 'people mover' which the two organisations will use to transport clients to a range of events during the day and in the evenings. The race day is one part of the fundraising and the selling of raffle tickets from August is another. These will help raise the funds towards the projects goal. We are most grateful and encourage everyone to get behind this effort.

These donations are most generous and our Coopertiave is most appreciative of the support and encourganement given by these seven community minded groups.

About Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a household name and of course we do provide meals to people in their home, but did you know we are offer more than just a meal?  We also provide support to people to maintain and expand their social connections, through our Out and About Centre and through other in home social sevices. See our service page for more details

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