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Meals on Wheels, more variety, more flexibility

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 6 April 2016

More than 130 Warrnambool residents receiving Meals on Wheels will be able to enjoy greater meal variety and a simpler ordering system from April 4.

The Warrnambool City Council has partnered with South West Health Care to provide Meals on Wheels in the Warrnambool municipality for the next three years.

A new ordering system will greatly simplify the process of choosing meals. Previously, people receiving meals were required to choose their meals for each day on a weekly menu.

Now, clients are provided with a list of every meal the service offers. They can tick the meals that they like to eat, and Council’s Meals on Wheels team does the rest.

Meals will now be served chilled with easy to follow heating instructions.

Warrnambool City Council Home and Community Care Manager Kevin Ryan said that the new system would provide more flexibility.

“Moving from a hot meal to a chilled meal allows for a greater variety of meals to be served on any one day, allowing us to better cater for meal preferences and other special requirements,” he said.

“It also means that meals don’t have to be eaten straight away. They can be heated and enjoyed at a more convenient time.”

All meals meet strict Government standards regarding preparation and nutrition.

As well as more choices regarding meals, the flexibility of the service allows clients to select one meal a week or one meal every day of the week. The number of days Meals on Wheels are required is the client's choice.

“Having healthy, regular meals is important for everyone, especially as we get older,” Mr Ryan said.

“Some of the people receiving Meals on Wheels are still excellent and capable cooks, but receiving a few meals from us each week allows them to have a bit of a rest from cooking for themselves every day,” Mr Ryan said.

“For others, daily Meals on Wheels deliveries allow them to continue to live independently in their own home.

“For many, the service is more than just a meal. It is a friendly face and someone to have a bit of a social chat with every day and that's where our wonderful Meals on Wheels volunteers play such an amazing role.”

“Quite simply, there is no Meals on Wheels without volunteers.”

For more information about Meals on Wheels or to learn about Council’s other Home and Community Care services, call 5559 4800, visit www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au or pop into the the Archie Graham Community Centre on Timor Street.

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