Far more than just a meal

Presence: CGMOW has huge exposure within the local community. Service manager Denise Makin oversees a display at a local event.
Presence: CGMOW has huge exposure within the local community. Service manager Denise Makin oversees a display at a local event.

For the team at Cowra/Grenfell Meals on Wheels (CGMOW), education is just as important as nutrition.

According to service manager Denise Makin, the meal service contributes far more than just home delivery and in order to be better equipped for the future, further fund raising initiatives have been developed.

"We offer a frozen 'Lifestyle Meals' program to our local community," Denise said. "This means that anyone who needs our services can have meals and support tailored to their requirements."

CGMOW recognises that situations may arise where people need assistance with a meal or two or possibly more and this, said Denise, is also an opportunity to educate others on the importance of eating well.

But it doesn't stop there.

Delicious: All meals meet the required standards for health and nutrition and are produced by dedicated local businesses operating within the food industry.

Delicious: All meals meet the required standards for health and nutrition and are produced by dedicated local businesses operating within the food industry.

"We have also set up services at our local caravan park and intend to extend this to other venues," she said. "We also cater for the Cowra Masons' monthly meetings providing a home cooked, nutritious meal prepared by volunteers and charged at a reasonable cost per head."

The monthly community luncheons are always a success with lucky door prizes and raffles organised by a dedicated volunteer.

The government funding the service receives allows for the social initiatives as long as they are centred around 'food provision'.

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CGMOW delivers seven days a week and regular clients can have up to 10 or 12 choices of hot meals per day, depending on which supplier they choose.

All special diets and food preferences are met and volunteers deliver the meal packages usually consisting of a main meal, dessert, juice fruit for $7.50 or $10 on weekends.

CGMOW is one of the biggest food services in NSW covering 6500 square kilometres and has been successfully delivering food to the community for the past 60 years.

Friendship: CGMOW extends services to include regular social meal gatherings such as this Christmas luncheon.

Friendship: CGMOW extends services to include regular social meal gatherings such as this Christmas luncheon.

Meals home delivered, hot and frozen are partly subsidised by the Commonwealth Government while the client's contribution covers the rest.

The community effort extends to a handful of local businesses who provide the meals.

"Each provider offers a selection of meals so that the client has choice," said Denise. "In addition, a huge range of frozen meals are available to clients with over 150 different meals."

Frozen meals can be delivered to the home or collected from the head office.

For the community based meal events, clients also make a contribution and at every social event or delivery, volunteers interact with clients to provide a socially stimulating environment.

"The social initiatives centred around meals are possible because of the gift of time, energy and talents by our much valued volunteers," Denise said.