Camden Meals on Wheels celebrates 50th birthday

Milestone celebration: Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers celebrated the 50th birthday on Monday. Client Janet Rouvas cuts the cake. Picture: Chris Lane
Milestone celebration: Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers celebrated the 50th birthday on Monday. Client Janet Rouvas cuts the cake. Picture: Chris Lane

It's official - Camden Meals on Wheels have been helping feed, support and comfort Camden citizens for half a century.

The local charity organisation marked its 50th birthday on Monday with a fantastic and delicious cake cutting and ceremony at Meals on Wheels' Little Street address.

Manager Gary de Jong said the charity was an invaluable part of the Camden community.

"Camden Meals on Wheels mission is to provide more than just a meal," he said.

"We help the elderly community of Camden, but our impact goes so much further.

"We also help families, giving them a sense of security and comfort that their loved ones are being cared for."

The anniversary event was held in Covid-safe conditions on Monday morning, and clients also took part.

Mr de Jong said Camden Meals on Wheels had plans to go strong for many years to come.

"We are excited about the growth in the Camden area," he said. "We are putting in place plans to be able to service the growing population for the next 50 years and beyond. We provide a meal and so much more, helping clients access social activities and transport support to get them to medical appointments and shopping trips.

"These important services allow clients to continue to live independently with the support of Meals on Wheels."

Camden Meals on Wheels was formed in 1970, when then Camden mayor Bruce Ferguson facilitated a public meeting from which the organisation was born.

In that first year, the newly created Camden Meals on Wheels delivered 3237 meals to Camden community members. Fast forward fifty years and the organisation's work has greatly grown.

In the 2019/20 financial year, Camden Meals on Wheels delivered more than 27,000 meals to locals - and the need has only increased since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr de Jong told the Advertiser earlier this year that, in the five months following the outbreak in March, "Meals on Wheels continued to operate and we provided over 2800 more meals than what we normally would have supplied in those five months".

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