Volunteers from Shailer Park Meals on Wheels have received a $4,500 boost to reimburse fuel costs.

The completely volunteer-led organisation is able to deliver ready to eat and frozen meals to seniors thanks to their army of volunteers who live anywhere from Tanah Merah to Cornubia and even Eagleby.

Forde MP Bert van Manen presented a $4,500 at a morning tea.

Cornubia resident and Treasurer of Shailer Park Meals on Wheels Carol Hampson said the grants were important as they are one of the only Meals on Wheels centres that is 100 per cent volunteer run.

“Volunteers are using their own vehicles, it’s their own petrol and their running costs.” Mrs Hampson said.

“This grant will allow us to reimburse them and help them a bit with a small payment for each run.”

Shailer Park Meals on Wheels also received additional funding as part of Federal Government funding to Meals on Wheels during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding was for organisations to expand their existing capacity to meet the predicted demand from self-isolating seniors.

Meals on Wheels President Inge Norman said the funding allowed the organisation to quickly expand and purchase a new freezer which they have named “Big Bertha.”

“The funding was very well received and meant we could replace the old freezers and get a big, new, glass-door freezer.” Mrs Norman said.

“Now we can stock more product to feed more clients. The freezers also make it a lot easier for our volunteers to do stocktake and carry out their duties.”

Shailer Park Meals on Wheels is always looking for volunteers. Visit their website.

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