Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

60 years of service

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the City of Sydney's Meals on Wheels service.

In 1957, the City was the first council in NSW to introduce the Meals on Wheels program.

Its purpose today is the same as it was then - to enable people who have difficulty shopping, cooking or preparing meals to continue to live independently in their homes.

The service was first based at Sydney Town Hall, with 30 volunteers cooking and delivering meals.

Today staff and volunteers work at Burrows Road in St Peters, delivering around 200 meals each weekday to the local community.

Catering to your needs

More than 4,000 nutritious meals are provided every month to residents who are unable to shop for, or prepare their own meals. Our Meals on Wheels service is available to:

  • frail older residents
  • people with disabilities and their carers
  • people recovering from surgery or a chronic illness.

The service also provides lunches at the City's community venues.

Dietary requirements

The service provides meals to suit a client's personal requirements such as special dietary needs, cultural and taste preferences.

The seasonal menu is rotated over a 4-week cycle to ensure you receive a varied and nutritious diet.

Cost and delivery

Individual meal packages start from $6.30 each. A standard meal package includes:

  • a main meal
  • dessert
  • slice of bread
  • butter portion
  • 110ml fruit juice.

The meals are delivered Monday to Friday by our staff and volunteers. The service does not operate on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays but meals for these days can be provided in advance.

Meal packages are delivered chilled so you can heat and serve your meal at a time that suits you. If you don't have a microwave or oven to reheat your meal, hot meal packages can be arranged instead. Bulk frozen meals are also available on request.

Referrals

If you are 65 years or over, you can contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 and ask for a referral to our service. My Aged Care is a free one-stop-shop established by the Australian Government to help the community navigate the aged care system and provide reliable information and access to services for the aged. You can find out more by visiting My Aged Care.

If you are under 65 years, please call our office on
02 8512 4230 to discuss your needs and how we might be able to help you.

Contacts

To find out more information about the Meals on Wheels service, please contact:

02 8512 4230 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 3pm)

City of Sydney receives Commonwealth and NSW Government funding to provide programs and services for older people and people with disability.

Last updated: Saturday, 1 July 2017