National Meals on Wheels Day is celebrated every year on the last Wednesday in August.
The day provides an opportunity to recognise the dedication, commitment and resilience of the 45,000 Meals on Wheels volunteers, who tirelessly support vulnerable members of the Australian community, across over 590 service locations.
This theme allows Meals on Wheels to build awareness about the essential role of our organisation which has been supporting people to live and age well, for over 60 years.
Over the last 18 months, Meals on Wheels has faced a number of challenges. From devastating bushfires, to floods and the COVID-19 pandemic, our volunteers continued turn up at their local service and make sure no one went hungry.
Having noticed a decline in volunteers over the last 12 months, we are also focusing on the urgent need for volunteer delivery drivers this National Meals on Wheels Day. Essentially, Meals on Wheels needs more wheels!
This year, while celebrating and thanking the wonderful work of our Meals on Wheels volunteers across the country, we are also looking to inspire ‘the next generation’ of volunteers by collaborating with Australian primary schools.
In the lead up to, or during the week of National Meals on Wheels Day on Wednesday the 25th of August, primary school students are encouraged to create ‘thank you’ cards, for volunteers at their local Meals on Wheels service
National Meals on Wheels Day falls on Wednesday the 25th of August this year.