Meals on Wheels volunteers Marty Kruik, Carl Frost and Val Bell work to quickly package their freshly cooked lunch time meals.
Meals on Wheels volunteers Marty Kruik, Carl Frost and Val Bell work to quickly package their freshly cooked lunch time meals. Karleila Thomsen

Meals on Wheels search for helpers

IT MAY come as a shock for many to know that it doesn't take 30 or 40 volunteers to make the Meals on Wheels Services an efficient operation it takes hundreds.

In Maryborough alone they need a roster of almost 200 and the numbers are similar in Hervey Bay.

As the holiday season fast approaches both services are looking once more for locals who can spend just a few hours a week helping them out.

Elizabeth King from Maryborough Meals on Wheels said they'd recently lost some of their regular volunteers and they needed to find more with Christmas fast approaching.

“Volunteers might be asked to help out in the kitchen – cleaning, cooking and packing meals – or to drive around delivering the food.”

Hervey Bay Meals on Wheels manager, Avis Cropley, said like Maryborough they had volunteers who have supported the service for years.

“We all need a short break and that's why we are on the lookout for anyone who can come in to assist, even if that is just for two hours one day once a week,” she said.

“They don't have to have a car and they won't be asked to carry anything heavy, it may be as simple as cutting up a few vegetables for us.”

Between the two services more than 6000 meals a week go out into the community.

If you can help or would like to know more about Meals on Wheels contact Dianne Booth on 4121 4297 in Maryborough or Avis in Hervey Bay on 4128 1334.



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