HERE TO HELP: Volunteer Joan picks up meals from staff member Vic in preparation for her delivery run. Gemima Harvey
HERE TO HELP: Volunteer Joan picks up meals from staff member Vic in preparation for her delivery run. Gemima Harvey

Meals on Wheels keep rolling on

FRESH, locally sourced produce forms the foundations for nutritious and delicious meals made and delivered by the Meals on Wheels team at Open Arms Care.

Open Arms Care Ageing Services is a government funded not-for-profit, offering quality community services to elderly residents and younger people with disabilities in the Bellingen Shire, including Meals on Wheels.

Earlier this year, Open Arms Care relocated from Bellingen to a new office at the Raleigh Urunga Masonic Village.

Before moving to Raleigh, Meals on Wheels was forced to source frozen meals from far afield, but now clients are getting the freshest food possible, sourced from locals, made by locals and delivered by locals daily.

The reason behind the recent move was allowing access to a commercial kitchen, where hot meals are prepared every day, with a four-weekly rotating roster, meaning clients have access to a huge variety of meals such as beef and Guinness pie, baked fish and roast lamb, with all the accompanying vegetable sides.

Meat and bread are sourced from Urunga and dairy from nearby Norco, so Meals on Wheels both supports local businesses and keeps food miles low.

Open Arms Care Ageing Services coordinator Helen Richmond said the move to Raleigh was a great opportunity for the two organisations, Open Arms Care and the Raleigh Urunga Masonic Village, to work together to supply freshly-cooked meals to the community, while incorporating quality, local ingredients.

"Open Arms Care is all about enabling people to maintain their independence and have the choice to stay in their homes, rather than moving into a facility," Ms Richmond said.

"It's about providing the basics; distributing nourishing meals to ensure people are able to support themselves in the comfort of their own homes."

Meals work out at $6.70 each and can be ordered in weekly, fortnightly or monthly plans.

Meals on Wheels has a range of options to suit individual needs, including hot meals, salads and bulk frozen meals and also food for specific dietary requirements.

Meals on Wheels has existed in various forms in the Bellingen Shire for 43 years. With humble beginnings, it has continued to expand and evolve to offer the best food delivery service possible.

Open Arms Care also offers Neighbour Aid Services including wellness programs, seniors activities, outings, domestic assistance and respite.

Those interested in

signing up to Meals on Wheels, wanting to learn more about other services offered or looking for volunteer opportunities, are encouraged to contact Open Arms Care on 6692 4470.



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