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Feast of Memories: Meals on Wheels celebrates 70 years of service in Australia with free commemorative pin

A Meals on Wheels trike in South Melbourne. Picture supplied
A Meals on Wheels trike in South Melbourne. Picture supplied

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When it comes to the most cherished memories, often, it's not the grand events that steal our hearts but the little moments that bring warmth and joy. One such heartwarming service, Meals on Wheels, has been quietly nourishing bodies and souls for seven decades now.

As we celebrate the remarkable journey of 70 years of Meals on Wheels in Australia this year, we invite you to share your fondest Meals on Wheels stories and redeem a free commemorative 70-year pin (while stocks last), a symbol of community, nourishment and helping hands.

A taste of history

A promotional picture of Meals on Wheels in The Herald in 1953. Picture supplied
A promotional picture of Meals on Wheels in The Herald in 1953. Picture supplied

Australia's Meals on Wheels journey began when Mrs. E. Watts pedalled her tricycle around South Melbourne, delivering meals to the needy. From those humble beginnings the mission has evolved beyond just providing sustenance, it has become a daily dose of not only nutrients, but also social interaction and local community camaraderie.

Nourishing Hearts and Souls

Over the years, Meals on Wheels has not only nourished bodies but also uplifted spirits. The stories of those who have benefited from this service are a testament to the positive impact the service has had on countless lives. It's not just about the food; it's about the smile that comes with each delivery, the friendly chat and peace of mind that someone is checking in on a family member or loved one, and the knowledge that someone cares.

Your Story, Your Pin

A Meals on Wheels 70th anniversary commemorative pin. Picture supplied
A Meals on Wheels 70th anniversary commemorative pin. Picture supplied

To celebrate 70 years of heartwarming service, Meals on Wheels NSW, the peak body for Meals on Wheels and other food service providers in NSW is inviting you to be a part of their legacy. Share your fondest memories, your most touching stories, or even a simple anecdote about your experience with Meals on Wheels. These stories, big or small, are the threads that weave the rich tapestry of Meals on Wheels history.

As a token of our appreciation, we are offering a free commemorative 70 year pin to those that share their stories. The pin is a symbol of connection to an organisation that continues to make a difference to the lives of millions of Australians. It's a reminder that no matter how busy life gets, taking a moment to share and care can create a lasting impact.

How to Share Your Story and Redeem Your Pin

Sharing your story and redeeming your free pin is easy:

  1. Visit the Meals on Wheels NSW website here: https://nswmealsonwheels.org.au/feast-of-memoriesamp;source=gmail&ust=1697256079754000&usg=AOvVaw1IpbKz7JBfuFXUYe7tshGW" https://nswmealsonwheels.org.au/feast-of-memories
  2. Follow the instructions to submit your story relating to Meals on Wheels in your local community, your recollection of volunteering with a parent, grandparent or with your school, or fond memory about a loved one receiving the service.
  3. The first 500 stories submitted will be sent a free 70-year commemorative pin via mail as a token of our appreciation for sharing your story within four weeks of submission. One submission per person is eligible to redeem a free pin.

Your story may be featured on the Meals on Wheels NSW website, social media channels or in our publications.

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