Volunteers make mealtimes easy

Robert Matagi and Cresaline Ryder deliver meals to Frederick Sweiger. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Robert Matagi and Cresaline Ryder deliver meals to Frederick Sweiger. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

For many of the Illawarra's elderly, grocery shopping and cooking healthy meals every day can be a challenge. It is why Meals On Wheels is so important to so many.

Wednesday marks national Meals On Wheels Day, celebrating work done by 80,000 volunteers at 750 branches nationwide.

The Multicultural Communities Council of the Illawarra has run a program for those of culturally diverse backgrounds since 1989, delivering meals from their homeland or heritage.

"It might be difficult for them to make flavoursome meals they are used to," said Sabine Mascarenhas, MCCI operations manager.

"Besides making it a lot easier, people might also struggle to make healthy balanced meals."

The MCCI Meals on Wheels delivers to 40 clients around the region, dropping off trays of food from lasagne to roast dinners and curries, and tastes from the Philippines, Germany, Ukraine and Thailand.

On Wednesday, Dion's Bus Service drivers will help deliver meals to clients.

"Some people get meals regularly, some get it for a few weeks during struggles like a partner in hospital," Ms Mascarenhas said.

While targeted at elderly people of diverse backgrounds, the MCCI's program is available to all.

Towradgi resident Frederick Sweiger said Meals On Wheels was "an immense help" to him.

"It's delivered, nice and easy. I do cook but this helps," he said as he received his meal.

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