FULL UP: Samantha Pickford, left, and Cathie Eames prepare some of the 180 meals for dispatch at Lismore Base Hospital.
FULL UP: Samantha Pickford, left, and Cathie Eames prepare some of the 180 meals for dispatch at Lismore Base Hospital.

Meals on Wheels celebrate 50 years

MEALS ON WHEELS had been running 22 years in NSW when Lismore's Joy Hall began working as one of its volunteers.

That was 28 years ago, and yesterday Mrs Hall helped the service celebrate 50 years of good works right across the State.

Mrs Hall said she joined the service to meet new people.

“I enjoy it a lot. You meet so many people and I've made a lot of life friends out of it” Mrs. Hall said.

Kathy Eames, Lismore Meals on Wheels Service manager and a volunteer of 15 years, said the day was an important one.

“We have some 250 volunteers who deliver more than 150 meals a day in the Lismore service area, which covers Lismore, Alstonville and Wollongbar,” she said.

The Lismore Meals on Wheels was started in 1962 by local businessman John Robinson after he saw the service operating in other areas.

Mr Robinson built up the service using his own business premises to prepare meals and delivering them to those in need with the help of his family and workers.

After the service grew and facilities became too small, the service moved countless times in the area to accommodate the growing demand, from the kitchen at Lismore's Oakes Oval to Lismore Base Hospital.

The service is now located in Goonellabah and Mrs Eames said it is the largest on the Far North Coast.

Lismore councillor Graham Meineke joined the volunteers yesterday in celebrating the milestone.

“Meals on Wheels are one of the most underrated services, but one of the most important,” Cr Meineke said after joining Mrs Hall on her delivery run.



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