New Bribie over-50s meal delivery initiative
FEWER trips to the supermarket for residents over 50 and making social distancing easier is the aim of a new free meal delivery service at GemLife Bribie Island, Queensland.
The weekly meal delivery service, GemLife Eats, rolled out today with residents getting fresh, healthy, homemade meals delivered to their doorstep.
GemLife Director and CEO Adrian Puljich said the initiative was developed as a special service to its more than 400 residents, to support them in "staying home" during the current global COVID-19 pandemic.
"The aim is to reduce the stress of trips to the supermarket and make social distancing a little bit easier," Mr Puljich said.
At the same time the initiative provides residents with delicious, nutritious meals to maintain optimal health - something that's especially important right now.
"The entire world is going through incredible challenges right now and it's so important we all support each other as best we can.
"This initiative is one way we can help ease stress and anxiety, plus contribute to the health and wellbeing of our over-50s residents."
Each week, residents receive a menu with three meal options from which to select two meals per person for delivery. The meals can be eaten fresh or put in the freezer to eat later.
"The response has been fantastic, and the residents are excited to see what each week's menu will have on offer," Mr Puljich said.
The meals are planned and cooked by talented Sunshine Coast chef Matt Conquest, who has worked with GemLife since 2019 for various events.
"This a great program and I'm really proud to be part of it. I get tremendous enjoyment from working with the community and cooking simple, tasty food from fresh, locally sourced produce is an absolute pleasure," Mr Conquest said.
*GemLife Eats is an ongoing service which will remain in place while all Australians are being encouraged to stay at home, particularly older people.