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The Story Behind Queensland Meals on Wheels

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By Carol, Meals on Wheels Shailer Park

The first Meals on Wheels Service in Queensland was founded in 1956 by Mrs Rhoda Cameron. Whilst overseas, Mrs Cameron had seen a meal service that provided meals to war veterans and was inspired to implement something similar in her hometown of Ipswich. Whilst the task was not an easy one, Mrs Cameron, with the help of Mrs Russel, endeavoured to see this vision come to fruition.

As a result of their hard work, the first “Meals on Wheels” service in Queensland was born. Operating out of Mrs Cameron’s Garden cottage, clients could receive meals for two shillings (20 cents). These were served to clients directly from a thermos flask or pudding basin.

As more Meals on Wheels services started opening their doors, a peak advisory body was formed in 1967 called Queensland Meals on Wheels Ltd (QMoW) to represent the interest of all Meals on Wheels services across Queensland. Since then, it has been QMoW’s mission to facilitate, guide and support Member Services to enable them to provide to the community “More than just a Meal”.

Providing “more than just a meal” means that Services go above and beyond to offer meals suitable for a client’s individual dietary and texture modification needs, as well as providing them with social interaction. This allows clients to rest easy, knowing that they will be well cared for by their Meals on Wheels community.

Members of the Association are local service providers who together deliver just under 2 million meals across Queensland to 15,000 clients.

Shailer Park Meals on Wheels was formed in 1996 and has been serving our community for 25 years, delivering to the suburbs of Carbrook, Cornubia, Daisy Hill, Loganholme and Tanah Merah.

We have caring, compassionate and devoted volunteers who work tirelessly each day to provide the best nutritious, healthy and delicious food to all our fabulous clients. For many of these clients, the visit from us is the social highlight of their day.

In August, we held a Morning Tea for our Volunteers (past and present) for National Meals on Wheels Day as a thank you to them for their tireless efforts.

We deliver meals to many frail older people and younger people with disabilities and their carers. As well as delivering nutritious meals, our volunteers provide a friendly face and a well-being check on clients which is appreciated by their families who are unable to visit their parents and relatives daily.

Many people may not know but you can save on the cost of a nutritious meal and delivery by including Meals on Wheels services as part of your NDIS Plan. If meals are part of your NDIS Plan, then NDIS will fund meals by covering the cost of meal preparation and delivery.

If more information is required about meals from Shailer Park, please contact us on 3806 0529 or go to our website – www.spmow.org.au

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