Meals on Wheels moves kitchens

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Mataura Meals on Wheels has moved into a new base.

The service was previously based in the Mataura RSA kitchen for about seven years but had moved to The Bunker next door to the RSA, convener Barbara Cunningham said.

Meals on Wheels had been operating in Mataura for about seven years. The service provided a two-course lunch five days a week.

The service was supplied with vegetables from the Mataura Community Gardens when in season, she said.

“We get fruit given to us, so the people have a balanced diet.”

Some people ate half the meal for lunch and finished the rest for their evening meal, she said.

Volunteer drivers delivered the meals to about 10 recipients.

People could be referred for meals through their doctor or order them independently.

If people were referred through their doctor they would be eligible for a subsidy, Mrs Cunningham said.

The service has five cooks, who prepare meals from menus developed by a dietitian.

The service was keen to have a roster of casual cooks to fill in when needed.

Cook Raelene Turipa said the operation ran smoothly.

“Nothing really goes wrong.” she said.

The service stopped for three weeks at Christmas, when the Gore service stepped in to cover.