Meals get the thumbs up

Four days a week Ken Methven waits on his veranda between 10am to 10.30am eagerly awaiting his Meals on Wheels delivery.

Mr Methven is one of 130 clients who receive meals each week from Hills Community Care (HCC) – a service provider of The Hills Shire Council.

The 89-year-old started using Council’s Meals On Wheels after his family encouraged him to give it a go to help him eat regularly and healthily.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said the program was beneficial for people like Mr Methven.

“Meals on Wheels allows people, especially our elderly and people with disabilities to access a nutritious and regular meal,” Mayor Keane said.

“Sometimes it’s hard for some of our older residents to get to a shopping centre or cook a meal for themselves.  Our Community Care program keeps our clients independent and enables them to remain in their own home for as long as possible.

“Our clients are always greeted by a friendly smile and they also enjoy a friendly chat from our wonderful volunteers,” Mayor Keane added.

Meals are delivered by Hills Community Care volunteers and consist of a main meal, soup, dessert and juice or water.

Meals can range from:

  • Chilled meals delivered each weekday;
  • Frozen meals delivered on weekdays in advance for weekends;
  • Meals for an emergency; and
  • Culturally diverse meal choices.

Collectively, 27,000 meals are prepared by HCC every year.

For more information on Meals on Wheels, contact Hills Community Care on (02) 9761 7602 or email your interest tohcc@thehills.nsw.gov.au.