Elderly residents in Barooga will now have access to hot meals delivered to their homes thanks to a new partnership struck between Berrigan and District Home and Community Support Services and Cobram District Health.
Now, the service is calling for volunteers to help ensure the service can run the deliveries.
BDHCSS community care manager Kim Arnold said a need for the service had been identified in the Barooga community and supported by posts on social media.
‘‘It appeared that while some residents of Barooga were able to access the Meals on Wheels service run by Moira Health Alliance traditionally from the Cobram Hospital, many residents were not eligible,’’ she said.
‘‘One particular resident who was unable to access the hot meal service had been an active volunteer delivering meals for over 40 years and is very keen to now access the service.’’
Ms Arnold said the Meals on Wheels service aimed to deliver more than just a meal; through the provision of a meal and regular contact with the generous volunteers, many of the elderly community members were able to remain living independently in their own homes.
Berrigan and District Home and Community Support Service, which supplies frozen meals to eligible residents in Berrigan Shire, has been able to secure a service agreement with Cobram Hospital to also supply a hot meal weekdays to all eligible residents of Barooga.
‘‘At Berrigan and District HACSS, we are very excited to be able to offer the Barooga community a choice of meals service — either fresh hot meals delivered weekdays or frozen meals delivered at least once a week,’’ Ms Arnold said.
●People aged over 65 who require the support of Meals on Wheels can phone the Berrigan and District HACSS office on (03) 58832044 to discuss their needs.
●People available to volunteer to deliver hot meals can also phone (03) 58832044 or speak to Kim Arnold, who will be at Barooga Library on Friday, March 17 between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.