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Volunteer Profile - Vicki O'Brien

18th Oct 2019

Vicki started volunteering for Inverell Meals on Wheels just a few months ago. Recent retirement had afforded her more time and she felt the need to give back to her community. “It is easy, the people are lovely, and the staff are welcoming.&r... more details

Often Asked Questions

17th Oct 2019

Are canned fruits as good for you as fresh fruit? Vitamin C is heat sensitive so canning can destroy most of this vitamin. It is not hard toget vitamin C from foods such as capsicum, strawberries, citrus fruits and juices. Othernutrients such as... more details

Volunteer Luncheon 2019

15th Oct 2019

Today we held our annual Volunteer Luncheon to thank our wonderful volunteers for all they do. Over 80 people attended, it was amazing to get everyone together and shows you the wonderful workforce that supports our organisation. We used the opportu... more details

What do our Meals Cost?

4th Oct 2019

Nutritious Meals - Flexible to your needs - no contracts Our nutritious meals which include a hot meal or salad, plus dessert & juice for $10.  We believe our prices are still the lowest in the market.  Our meals are delivere... more details

The importance of desserts

1st Oct 2019

Most people enjoy desserts.Milk based desserts can be a nourishing, enjoyable and a pleasant way of getting vitamins,minerals, protein and calories (kilojoules). Examples of milky desserts include: Instant puddings made on milk Creamed rice - Ma... more details

Help relieve constipation with fibre and fluid.

26th Sep 2019

FIBRE comes from plants and plant based foods such as breads, breakfast cereals, grains, fruits and vegetables. Animal foods ( meat, milk and milk products, eggs and fish) do not contain fibre. Constipation can happen if you are not having enough ... more details

Purple fruits and vegetables

19th Sep 2019

A pigment called anthocyanin gives purple colour to some plant foods. Anthocyanin is anantioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Apart from that, fruit and vegetables are animportant and enjoyable part of a healthy diet. Plant foods containing ... more details

Rice & Pasta How to:

13th Sep 2019

Recipes often say, ”Serve with rice” or “Serve with pasta” but do you know how to cook riceand pasta?. Hopefully the following information will help people who are not used to beingin the kitchen. How to cook rice: Rice tri... more details

Should I be worried about the cholesterol in eggs?

5th Sep 2019

Should I be worried about the cholesterol in eggs? The short answer is NO. The cholesterol found in the yolk has next to no effect on blood cholesterol. Eggs can be eaten every day. They can be part of a healthy diet. Eggs are cheap, easy to eat and... more details

Celebrating National Meals on Wheels Day

29th Aug 2019

What a wonderful day we had yesterday for National Meals on Wheels Day & our Cuppa For A Cause fundraiser. The Inverell community again amazed us with their wonderful support. The donation of cakes, slices, lamingtons & cinnamon logs from Ma... more details

National Meals on Wheels Day

28th Aug 2019

National Meals on Wheels Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday in August each year. This annual celebration recognises the work of the organisations' 78,700 volunteers at over 740 branches around the country. The community spirit that defines M... more details

Shopping list for nutritious high calorie foods

20th Aug 2019

Encouraging frail older people to eat enough nourishing food can be challenging. The following shopping list will help to make sure that there is always some high protein and high calorie foods in the pantry, fridge or freezer. SHOPPING LIST &... more details

Pumpkin Soup Recipe

19th Aug 2019

This soup is easy to make. The recipe makes 4 generous serves and will keep up to 3 days in the fridge. Ingredients ½ kg pumpkin 1 onion 1 potato 2 chicken stock cubes 2 cup water Method Remove skin from pumpkin and cut pumpkin... more details

What does Vitamin D do for health?

8th Jul 2019

Vitamin D is best known for its role in building healthy bones and teeth, because it helps your body to absorb calcium. Vitamin D contributes to muscle strength and a deficiency can impact on bone health and can lead to osteoporosis. Recent research ... more details

Quick and easy meal ideas

21st Jun 2019

Regularly missing meals can lead to poor nutrition and weight loss. Having at least one main meal each day would be ideal. Having a delivered meal from Meals on Wheels is a good way to do this. For other meals why not try some of the following quic... more details

Reducing your salt (sodium) intake

14th Jun 2019

Salt is found in almost every food we eat, but the amount varies. Foods such as meat, vegetables and fruit have naturally occurring salt present in very small quantities.In food manufacturing, salt is used for flavouring and as a preservative. Most ... more details

GIVING it just feels good

7th Jun 2019

and who doesn't like feeling good? For over 60 years, we at Meals on Wheels have provided everything that comes with a meal - warmth, relief, assurance and joy. Our services nourish communities both nutritionally and socially across the entire Stat... more details

Volunteer Profile - Tony King

22nd May 2019

Five big reasons to be a Meals on Wheels volunteer: People out there need us. Perhaps I’m a little greedy, I might need the service myself one day! To keep active - it’s a social outlet. To meet a lot of nice people. There is a nee... more details

Often Asked Questions

16th May 2019

Should I be drinking bottled water instead of water from the tap? Water is a great thirst quencher and tap water is fine. Tap water is cheap, available and safeto drink Is it OK to reheat food in the microwave? Microwave ovens make reheat... more details

Are you getting enough fluids?

10th May 2019

Should I be drinking 6 – 8 glasses of water a day? Fluid is essential for the body to function properly. The importance of having enough fluid does not decrease with age. Most older people need 6 – 8 cups of fluid a day (a cup = 250mL)... more details

Volunteer Profile - David Doak

8th May 2019

After a lifetime of farming, what does a man do to fill in his days? For David Doak, it’s all about community involvement. “Dad always encouraged us to get involved with community and be on various committees.” David loves Inverel... more details

Are you eating enough?

2nd May 2019

Because you don’t have much of an appetite, do you Split your Meals on Wheels meal? Save the dessert to have as your evening meal? If you do either (or both) of these things you may not be eating enough to get the nourishment your body ... more details

Volunteer Profile - Laurel King

18th Apr 2019

When you have been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for 20 years, it’s pretty obvious that you are a devoted community worker. This is why Laurel King continues to volunteer week after week with Inverell Meals on Wheels: It doesn’t ta... more details

Oral health - good mouth health

4th Apr 2019

Oral health is important whether you have your own teeth, full dentures, part dentures or just gums! Poor oral health can mean toothache, loss of teeth, mouth ulcers and gum disease. All can make eating difficult, spoil food enjoyment or put you o... more details

Volunteer Profile - Carol Hambilton

3rd Apr 2019

Five perfect reasons to become a Meals on Wheels volunteer According to Carol Hambilton: When you have just moved to a country town, and you want to get to know people better, join a volunteer organisation. “I just love visiting them and c... more details

Half Price Meal Day!

25th Mar 2019

Inverell Meals on Wheels invites prospective clients to experience our fabulous meals, friendly volunteer visits and wonderful service. Give us a call to get involved in our Half Price Meal Day on Thursday May 2nd. Phone 6722 1951.... more details

Volunteer Profile - Anthony Dale

20th Mar 2019

What Volunteering with Meals on Wheels Means to Me   “Doing it for My Dad” Anthony Dale’s dad is in his 90s. He tends to isolate himself, not going out of his way to engage with anyone else, and his kids live up to five hour... more details

Food Safety

14th Mar 2019

Food safety is important for everyone but, it is very important if you are elderly, frail, unwell or recovering from an illness. Some bacteria (and the toxins they produce) can cause food poisoning. Bacteria need food, moisture and time to grow. So... more details

Chance to WIN a $1,000 Flight Centre Gift Card

5th Mar 2019

Meals on Wheels NSW Volunteers only competition We are giving our wonderful Volunteers a chance to win a $1,000 Gift Card from Flight Centre! This prize can be used for a short trip in Australia or may even go towards a larger holiday overseas -... more details

Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions

27th Feb 2019

Is protein in the diet important for older people? In a word, YES! As people become older, to help maintain muscle and bone mass, protein requirement actually increases. Muscle loss leads to loss of strength thus increasing the risk of falling. Prot... more details

Why Have Breakfast?

18th Feb 2019

Why have breakfast? Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! Breakfast: 🍳 breaks your overnight fast 🍳 refuels your glycogen (energy) stores 🍳 kick-starts the metabolism 🍳 provides us with the energy to keep us going th... more details

Physical Activity for Older Adults

4th Feb 2019

Why Exercise? Whilst the continuation of relatively high levels of intellectual activity is linked with the maintenance of cognitive skills in older age, exercise is important to maintain physical fitness of the body as we age.  Exercise keeps ... more details