For almost 70 years, Meals on Wheels has played a crucial role nationally in supporting the health and wellbeing of thousands of older Tasmanians each year, across 25 service locations.
Meals on Wheels services represent a significant and essential piece of social infrastructure, providing front-line, early intervention and prevention in the home and reducing the malnutrition risk faced by 1.2 million older Australians and the social isolation risk to one in four who live alone.
Our mission is to support well-nourished and independent communities through the delivery of a nutritious meal, social connection and a wellbeing check by our dedicated workforce.
Through the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, to devastating bushfires and other crises, Meals on Wheels is an essential service that continues to step up and support vulnerable members of a community at a time when they need it most.
Meals on Wheels Tasmania is the peak state body, representing the community of grassroots services across Tasmania dedicated to the wellbeing, connection and independence of our most vulnerable.
We are committed to the continuous improvement, promotion, and sharing of information and ideas for all Meals on Wheels providers throughout metropolitan and regional Tasmania. It is our aim to raise awareness of Meals on Wheels, continue to develop and improve the essential service across the state and acknowledge the unwavering dedication of our paid and volunteer workforce.
Meals on Wheels started in Tasmania in 1955, with only one car to make the deliveries and meals bought from a commercial source to support a small number of elderly people in Hobart.
In 1963, a second branch was formed at Glenorchy, with meals being provided by volunteers using a small kitchen made available through the local Council.
The Meals on Wheels Association of Tasmania was incorporated in 1971, with eight branches formed around the state.
Meals on Wheels Tasmania now proudly has 16 branches, from Smithton in the North West to Dover in the South, delivering approximately 200,000 meals, every year.