Meals on Wheels helpers stall as prices escalate

By NADINE FISHER

MEALS on Wheels on the Tweed Coast is losing volunteers due to the huge increase in petrol prices.

Manager of Meals on Wheels Tweed Coast Food Services, Sandra Coffin said the organisation gave volunteers subsidies toward their petrol but it didn't cover the whole cost.

"We have increased the subsidy and are finding that volunteers who previously didn't accept it are now forced to," she said.

"The way costs continue to rise it will surely cause further repercussions and there's a limit to what you can reasonably expect a volunteer to do.

"We are already in desperate need of volunteers and if we continue to have trouble attracting them we will have to rethink the way the service operates.

"We may have to look at weekly deliveries of frozen meals or other alternatives."

Ms Coffin said the Tweed Coast Meals on Wheels serviced 80 to 90 clients a day and provided important daily contact.

"The contact is vital as well as the meal, it's a safety thing to check on the person for their family as well as to provide a meal," she said.

"We deliver Monday to Friday in most areas - in some like Bilambil or Terranora Heights we do a weekly delivery already."

Volunteers are required to make the commitment on a roster basis of once a month for two hours. Inquiries to Sandra on (02) 6674 2205.



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