Meals on Wheels in the Hills Shire has swung into action to help older residents self-isolating at home.

Since the beginning of April there has been a 50 per cent increase in the number of meals being delivered.

Choices are varied and include gluten free, diabetic, halal and culturally diverse meal options but the top choices are still traditional roasts with vegetables and pasta meals.

While the meals are available for residents over the age of 65, the majority of recipients are aged between 75 and 85.

It’s a service that has been going for nearly 30 years. Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said the Meals on Wheels Service was one of several council services available for seniors.

“Meals on Wheels is a great option for residents who may not be in a position to get to their local food retailer and want to enjoy a range of pre-prepared meals delivered straight to their doors,” she said.

The pre-pared meal packages include one main meal, one dessert and a choice between fruit juice or water.

The latest new service for library members aged over 65 is called Stay Home and Read.

The temporary free book delivery service provides participants with a selection of up to 10 items delivered to their door every four weeks.

To find out more and the eligibility criteria for the Stay Home and Read service, visit The Hills Shire Council Library website,

To find out more about Meals on Wheels and the menu call 9761 7602.

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