Orange's Meals of Wheels program has received a big boost.
With a special one-off grant from the Commonwealth Government Department of Health, Orange City Council's community services team is working towards helping more seniors stay healthy and in their own homes.
The Australian Government has funded Orange City Council's 'Choices at Home' community services team $70,000 to boost its home support program by increasing staff hours, creating more programs and promoting the service to increase the access to meals for seniors.
Orange mayor Reg Kidd said the funding was primarily used to boost council's Meals on Wheels.
"We've been able to fund additional hours to help package and deliver meals to those most vulnerable in our community," Cr Kidd said.
"We're also advertising the services to a broader demographic. Anyone over 65 years or 55 years for people who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, could be eligible for the programs on offer."
"Thankfully our volunteers are also back after the initial virus threat passed. We have more funding and are delivering more meals to more people.
Member for Calare Andrew Gee also welcomed the funding.
"If the families and friends of our senior residents live far away, or don't have day-to-day contact, it can be hard to make sure they are looked after," he said.
"That's why Meals on Wheels is such a vital service and why this funding is so worthwhile. Our community owes a great debt of gratitude to the workers and volunteers."
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