No change to meal delivery service


Home Help Delivered Meals volunteer Pat Kellett arrives with a meal for client Betty Watson.
Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d449662
Home Help Delivered Meals volunteer Pat Kellett arrives with a meal for client Betty Watson. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d449662

Last week, the City of Armadale announced the doors of Armadale Kelmscott Mobile Meals had closed after 50 years of service to the community.

Little detail was given about what was behind the move at the time, apart from Home Help Local had taken over the service.

Home Help Local chief executive Trudi Hodges said the service would continue exactly as it had before.

“Jan Stone (former mobile meals president) and her volunteers have been an inspirational team who have always worked really hard to provide this amazing community service,” she said.

“We are delighted that a number of Armadale Kelmscott Mobile Meals volunteer drivers have stayed with Home Help Local and we are actively recruiting new volunteer drivers every day.”

Ms Hodges said prior to Home Help Local’s involvement, Armadale Kelmscott Mobile Meals had worked with a local organisation which helped them with regulatory compliance, food safe systems, quality controls and reporting responsibilities to the WA Health Department.

In 2014, Home Help Local was asked to step in and support Armadale Kelmscott Mobile Meals.

“Our objective was to collaborate on improving the program – our organisation managing the contractual responsibility with a view to assisting AK Mobile Meals to continue providing the volunteer transport and day to day contact with clients.

“We proposed a partnership but AK Mobile Meals made their decision to wind up.”

Ms Hodges said despite the change, clients continued to be happy with the service.

“Providing an affordable, nutritious meal to vulnerable people is a valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of our community,” Ms Hodges said.

“It has been our pleasure to continue the proud tradition set by Armadale Kelmscott Mobile Meals.”

Mobile Meals can take on more clients. Call 9399 1111 to become part of the Mobile Meals network.