Cathy and team at Pine Rivers Meals on Wheels, pictured here with MAX Queensland General Manager Sam Brown and Regional Manager John Crowley.
MAX Foundation* presented a $2000 donation to Pine Rivers Meals on Wheels, a local charity helping people doing it tough by delivering nutritious, satisfying and affordable meals for continuing independence.
Meals on Wheels
originated in Britain during WWII, assisting the elderly who wished to stay in their homes but needed help to do so. Pine Rivers Meals on Wheels services over 320 clients providing over 47,000 meals per year, as well as a friendly face.
Pine Rivers Manager Cathy says the generous donation from MAX will help fund more portable food coolers, services and the people power required to deliver the meals.
“The donation will go towards the running costs,” Cathy explains.
“We need 18 people each day to keep the kitchen running. If we can provide nutritious meals at an affordable price, our clients can spend money on other resources such as clothes and health care.”
Often, the Meals on Wheels workers will start early in the morning to ensure adequate food preparation for the day.
“We get in here at around ten to six or a bit earlier. We like to get everything sorted out, how many meals for the day and what we need.”
“Without the generosity of the volunteers and financial support like this from MAX, Meals on Wheels would not be able to meet the diverse needs of our community.”
Meals on Wheels is so much more than a meal; the employees and volunteers build a rapport with the clients and help to keep their spirits up.
“For many of the people we serve, we might be the only face they see that day,” volunteer Allen explained.
MAX Employment Queensland General Manager Samantha Brown said MAX was honoured to support the charity.
“These guys do amazing things to help people in need every day of the year,” Mrs Brown said.
“The meal service combined with the strong rapport built between the volunteers and the clients provides valuable support to the community.”
“Not only are they helping feed the community but they’re also helping some of our participants get work experience through MAX Employment.”
Meals on Wheels offers Work for the Dole (WfD) activities for job seekers.
Nationally, MAX Foundation has donated $49,000 towards 14 charities including Foodbank SA, Logan Women’s Health and Wellbeing Centre and Dreambuilders Care in 2017.
*MAX Foundation is funded by charitable gifts from MAX Solutions employees and matched by grants from the Company. MAX Foundation is committed to supporting organisations and programs that promote personal growth and self-sufficiency through improved health and community development.
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