Residents rally to help those in need

The community has rallied to help out the vulnerable in our community at this difficult time, according to Armidale-Uralla Meals on Wheels manager Kerryn Williams.

"We're the grateful recipient of donated goods from a number of businesses recently," Kerryn said.

UNE Life donated perishable food items when they closed their kitchens.

Costa Tomatoes donated fresh tomatoes from its Guyra facility to be used for cooking and also gifted to Meals on Wheels clients over coming weeks.

The Armidale Care for Seniors staff have been helping with deliveries while their regular activities have been cancelled.

"We have also been supported by Lowes Petroleum and a local family has donated a bulk order of hand sanitiser," Kerryn said.

"NSW Meals on Wheels in partnership with Woolworths donated a four-pack of toilet paper to each existing client of the service, a gift that was very much appreciated."

Armidale Uralla Meals on Wheels has experienced a surge in enquiries.

If you are interested in accessing Meals on Wheels, phone 6772 8970 between 9am and 3pm weekdays.

Meal deliveries are around lunchtime on weekdays. A regular size hot meal is $8 and for those clients who are able to reheat a frozen meal, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver a batch of frozen meals.

"Our new winter menu is about to commence which includes roast beef, garlic and red wine slow cooked lamb, steak and kidney casserole, apricot chicken and other favourites," Kerryn said.

All meals are prepared and cooked fresh on site.

The service is making adjustments daily in this changing environment; delivery drivers have additional procedures around hand sanitiser and social distancing practices.

"Many enquiries have also been forthcoming from people interested in volunteering as a delivery driver," Kerryn said.

"The proper volunteer registration process still needs to be undertaken for new delivery drivers and the office staff can help with that."

HELPING HANDS: UNE Life executive chef Chris Moloney hands over fresh produce to Meals on Wheels head chef, Rachael Morley.

HELPING HANDS: UNE Life executive chef Chris Moloney hands over fresh produce to Meals on Wheels head chef, Rachael Morley.

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