Did you know 170 volunteers deliver more than 1,760 meals to people in need in Bankstown every day?
Today, Council held a special morning tea to thank those volunteers, who range from students to retired seniors, on National Meals on Wheels Day.
Mayor Khal Asfour said these volunteers are among the city’s true local heroes.
“Without them, the preparation and delivery of meals to our seniors and those in need would not be possible,” Mayor Asfour said.
“They not only provide nutritious meals, they also make sure the residents they call on are ok.
“So, it’s important we take the time to officially thank them for their community spirit and assistance.”
The volunteers include Denis and Margaret Meara from Punchbowl who have been delivering Meals on Wheels in Bankstown for a combined 31 years.
“It’s great to give something back to the community we live in,” Mr Meara said.
“We’ve made a lot of new friends among our fellow volunteers and the clients we help.
“In a lot of cases, we’re the only people our clients see, so they look forward to our daily visits and we love to take time to have a chat.”
Mayor Asfour said this year’s theme for Meals on Wheels Day is ‘Hydration’, with the message being to ensure people drink enough fluids.
“Our Meals on Wheels volunteers will be giving all their clients a placemat bearing this important community message,” Mayor Asfour said.