Putting the call out for help - Maryborough MoW Mea Casson has helped out in the kitchen for six years.
Putting the call out for help - Maryborough MoW Mea Casson has helped out in the kitchen for six years. Valerie Horton

Maryborough Meals on Wheels needs volunteer help

DO YOU have a licence and some spare time? Then Meals on Wheels in Maryborough is desperate to hear from you.

Meals On Wheels District president Ray Fleming said volunteers' are down 50%, making the delivery of 800 meals a week to the region's elderly a mammoth task.

"It's not good," he said.

"Some of the volunteers that usually do it once a week, are now coming in three times a week.

"It's burning them out."

The people behind the meal delivery charity are mainly aged from 65-mid 80s, with the age playing a factor in the drop-off.

"Most are in the older bracket and need a break, and we have some going away for long periods of time," Mr Fleming said.

"I know younger people need to work, but we need some young blood."

Mr Fleming reassured that no matter how little volunteers they had, the service would find a way of continuing.

He said Meals On Wheels was valuable not only for the food provided, but the social visits.

"If there's a problem from the home, we can contact the next of kin and provide some assistance," Mr Fleming said.

"We don't just walk away, in terms of doing as much as we can."

While help all-around would be appreciated, it's drivers that are most needed.

"Getting more drivers is a priority, you just need a normal licence and your own car.

"We offer volunteers petrol reimbursement.

"There are also options for people to volunteer in the kitchen, and in administration."

Time commitment can be minimal.

"You can volunteer as often as you like, you could do it once a month and it can take just two hours of your day.

"I've done it for 13 years and when you walk in the door to deliver the meals, the expression people get on their face gives you a good feeling knowing you're doing something for them."


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