This year the Meals on Wheels program has been in operation in Benalla for 45 years, and Cr Crocker is one of more than 150 volunteers who deliver meals locally to around 80 people. The service is available to those who are confined to their homes or are otherwise unable to cook for themselves.
“Meals-on-wheels is a wonderful service, under the Council umbrella,” Cr Crocker said. “I volunteer because of the satisfaction I get from doing something practical, that is both rewarding and beneficial, for those whose need is greater than my own.”
The theme for National Meals on Wheels Day this year is “Diamonds are Forever,” and in keeping with the milestone birthday, clients will receive a special placemat when their meals are delivered.
National Meals on Wheels Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday in August each year. This annual celebration recognises the work of the organisations’ 78,700 volunteers at over 740 services around the country.
Most people prefer to live at home, but need support from the community to do this. Community services such as Meals on Wheels and other Home and Community Care services support people to be able to remain at home
The economic value of the Meals on Wheels service is in excess of $350 million per year. While services receive some government funding, they could not operate without volunteers to keep costs down and make meals affordable for clients.
Anyone who is interested in assisting with this important community service can contact Helen McDonald, Volunteers Coordinator, on (03) 5761 2250.