Delivering more for Tassie
Meals on Wheels Tasmania Executive Officer Rebecca Free said the organisation relied heavily on about 1000 volunteers to deliver meals around the state.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the advice for people aged over 70 to remain at home, volunteer numbers have significantly reduced. And the needs of clients have increased, with some requesting meals every day of the week.
“RACT’s involvement in this initiative provides us with much-needed workforce to deliver the meals to the elderly in our community and maintain the level of service at five days a week,” she said.
“With RACT driver trainers located in Hobart and Devonport, we know that we will be set to continue to deliver to the hundreds of Meals on Wheels clients who rely on our service,” Ms Free said.
Likewise, Red Cross Northern Regional Manager Barbara Hill said volunteer numbers for their Delivered Meals program had halved, while meal requests had more than doubled during the past month.
Our drivers will be delivering meals in the south, north and north-west five days a week.