Meals on Wheels looking to ramp up their deliveries
KEVIN Donnally was only in his 40s when he needed the services of Meals on Wheels after an accident left him wheelchair-bound.
Thirty-three years later and Mr Donally still welcomes Meals on Wheels volunteers into his home every second day for deliveries and a chat.
"When I first started getting it, I was really sick, I could hardly walk and it made things (like cooking) difficult,” Mr Donnally said.
"I'm all right now and do a bit myself, but I still get one meal for the day, because makes things easier.”
Mr Donnally is one of 14 people who rely on the volunteers at Roma Meals on Wheels and now the team want more locals to sign up and receive the service.
They are flush with volunteers, who deliver about 100 meals each week, and the group is confident they can provide even more food for those in need.
"There is a perception in the community that Meals on Wheels is for old people and you have to be over 65, but we do get to help people who have just come out of hospital and just need a hand for a few weeks,” Roma Meals on Wheels president Ray Howson said.
"When I started two years ago we had more than 20 clients, and a few years before that there were 30.
"Really, we are at half of where we were, and we want to ramp that up.
"We are quite capable to do that - we have the capacity to provide a service to anybody who needs it.”
As a long-time client, Mr Donnally knows the benefits the organisation provides to those in need of its services.
"There are plenty of other people in Roma who should sign up, but are too frightened to ask,” Mr Donnally said.
"There's even a couple of blokes I know who I think could get it.
"They shouldn't be afraid to ask, because it's a good service, it has helped me a lot over the years.”
Roma Meals on Wheels can be contacted on 0417 195 434.