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How did we get to where we are today?

 

In December 1969 a committee was formed to evaluate the possibility of a home delivered meal service Bega. This was a small group of visionary community members believed that there was a need for nutritious home delivered meals for people who were unable to cook for themselves. The first deliveries into people’s homes started in February 1970.

 

Meals on Wheels were at the time a social experiment based on work done in London during the Blitz in the early part of the Second World War. The idea was taken up in Australia in 1952 in South Melbourne and slowly spread to become a nationwide service.

 

The meals were prepared in a variety of places: people’s homes; church and community halls and eventually the Bega and Pambula Hospitals. For a time we received cooked chill food from Wollongong and Canberra which was plated in Bega. Now we offer frozen meals from an extensive menu, and also hot meals in Eden prepared by Twofold Aboriginal Corporation.

 

Over time there were 8 Meals services also established in Merimbula, Tathra, Pambula, Eden, Bermagui, Candelo and Bemboka.  Each of these services was independent, and was entirely managed and run by volunteers. Since the 1970s there have been many changes in the way that meals are prepared, provided and delivered.

 

Funding became available in 1993 through the Home and Community Care Program (CHSP), funded by the State and Federal governments. CHSP funding is used to provide service to people who are frail aged and younger people with disability and their carers. The aim is to help people maintain their independence and quality of life in their own homes for as long as possible.

 

The History of Bega Valley Meals on Wheels Co-operative

In May 1993 a Co-operative was formed to receive this funding, by the amalgamation of the Bega, Candelo, Bermagui and Tathra services. By 2001 the Bemboka, Pambula, Merimbula and Eden services had also joined the Co-operative.

 

The Co-operative started with four food services and one part time co-ordinator. We now have offices and kitchen/distribution point in Bega that provides meals to the entire Bega Valley Shire. Growth funding in 2001 allowed us to expand our services to include social support, respite, social support groups and the Veterans’ Community Support Service.

 

The Co-operative remains community based organisation managed by a voluntary Board of Directors who are representatives of the Meals on Wheels service areas.  

 

In 2011 we opened the Toussaint Centre which houses the kitchen and social club rooms, and on Fridays, the Two Saints Café. We now employ 12 staff but all our direct service delivery remains in the hands of our 200+ dedicated and valued volunteers. Without the generosity of their time and knowledge there would be no Bega Valley Meals on Wheels Plus.

 

MOW Bega staff & volunteers 2012