Local volunteers at Bathurst’s Meals on Wheels have received welcomed support thanks to a $3200 Federal Government Volunteers Grant.
The grant has assisted the organisation to subsidise volunteers’ fuel costs to deliver meals to the community, ensuring more than 200 regular clients in Bathurst receive nutritious food every day.
Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said Meals on Wheels was an organisation the community should be extremely proud of.
“They produce a staggering 362,000 meals a year from their Bathurst kitchen and service not only local clients, but communities as far afield as Kiama, Sydney, Narrandera and Dubbo,” he said
“They have a dedicated team of volunteers who drive across the state delivering meals and this grant will help them with fuel costs incurred when using their own car to do this wonderful work.
“I am thrilled to be able to support them with this grant and the amazing work they do,” Mr Gee added.
Meals on Wheels Chairman, Colin Hope, welcomed the news of the $3200 grant.
“This has been a real shot in the arm for our volunteers,” Mr Hope said.
“This money will not only help pay for fuel costs, but also help us conduct police checks of our staff, which typically cost $14 each.
“We have more than 260 of them to complete in the next three years, so this takes some financial pressure of our staff to pay for them,” he noted.
Forty-one organisations across the Calare electorate received Volunteer Grants under the program, totalling $145,269.