Joyce Buchanan, pictured with husband Eddie, is now enjoying the food she used to deliver as a Meals on Wheels volunteer.
Joyce Buchanan, pictured with husband Eddie, is now enjoying the food she used to deliver as a Meals on Wheels volunteer. Scott Powick

Joyce's help paid in kind

A LONG-time Kingscliff Meals on Wheels volunteer has now become a recipient of meals herself.

Joyce Buchanan delivered food for Meals on Wheels for the last 20 years.

Kingscliff Meals on Wheels manager Sandra Coffin said people looked forward to Mrs Buchanan’s visits.

“She is a very positive, bubbly and friendly lady and clients were happy to see her,” Mrs Coffin said.

“She liked to make people laugh,” she said.

The retired teacher also enjoyed socialising with her clients.

“When I was doing Meals on Wheels it was very important to communicate with people who sometimes are not able to leave their homes,” Mrs Buchanan said.

Mrs Buchanan was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and six weeks ago she started receiving meals.

“I know now what it was like to have meals delivered to me,” she said.

In the beginning, Mrs Buchanan would still eat meals at the Bowls Club but now it is easier to have meals come to her.

“You have your odd days when you get old, but nine out of 10 days I’m okay,” she laughed.

Volunteers look forward to delivering meals to Mrs Buchanan so they can catch up with her once again, Mrs Coffin said.



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