Meals service in need of cooks

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Mataura Meals on Wheels desperately needs more cooks.

Organiser Barbara Cunningham said the service was down to two cooks and she was filling in the gaps.

Ideally, the service needed three new cooks who would balance the load in a sustainable way, she said.

“We desperately need cooks. On average we have eight to 10 clients, five days a week,” Mrs Cunningham said.

“Unfortunately, the pay is not good – it’s a voluntary job,” she said.

Clients could be referred by their doctor or by agencies such as ACC and there were also private clients.

A dietitian had formulated the meals, she said.

Many of the vegetables were sourced from the Mataura Community Garden.

The meat for the meals was also sourced “locally”.

The meals were cooked at The Bunker in Mataura.

The positions would suit those who had a love of cooking, she said.

Cooks had to complete a food safety course.

“We will pay for food safety courses.”

For information contact Mrs Cunningham on (03) 203-8910.