Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt will mark the 30 year anniversary of Babinda Meals at a special afternoon tea today.

Mr Pitt said the work of the local Meals on Wheels team was invaluable.

“Currently there are 30 volunteers delivering meals and there have been over 200 volunteers since the inception of the Babinda operation,” Mr Pitt said.

“They deliver approximately 100 nutritious and healthy meals each week to 23 clients which are prepared by the Babinda Hospital.

[singlepic id=603 w=320 h=240 float=left] “I asked if there was something that I could do to assist the group and as a result I am donating a large ICEEPAK fully insulated SOF-PAC bag that will be used to keep food hot or keep food cold during meal deliveries ensuring safe food handling during transportation.”

Mr Pitt said Meals on Wheels started from a backyard shed in Ipswich outside of Brisbane delivering meals to just eight people and today it is one of Australia’s best known and loved community-based initiatives.

“More than half a century later, the team of hardworking volunteers delivers more than 10,000 meals everyday across Queensland,” Mr Pitt said.

Mr Pitt said it’s vital that government continues to fund important services like Meals on Wheels.

“Meals on Wheels caters for the people in our community who need our support most – it delivers healthy, ready-to-eat nutritious meals to their doorstep every day to people who are frail, aged, have a disability or are recovering from surgery.

“Across Queensland that’s more than 10,000 meals every day.

“Each year that’s more than 2.3 million meals to help people remain independent and in their own homes and communities.

“Meals on Wheels is far more than just a food delivery service. Not only do they deliver a hot meal to those in need but also ensure the safety and wellbeing of clients.

“When people live alone or find it difficult to prepare food for themselves, a Meals on Wheels delivery makes an enormous difference.

“Volunteers are the life blood of Meals on Wheels, without them it would not be possible to maintain the service which is vital to so many Queenslanders.

“Whether it is a Meals on Wheels helper, working with junior sport, helping out at the school or with events like the Harvest Festival, each volunteer helps to improves our daily way of life.

To contact Babinda Meals on Wheels phone 4067 1627.