Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help
IMAGE: Meals On Wheels needs clarification from the federal government around funding.
They’ve been delivering meals to many of our aged population for more years than most of us can count, now they’re asking for our help.
Meals on Wheels nationally are seeking clarification from the federal government around funding due to a rather confusing announcement released during Volunteers Week back in May.
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Richard Colbeck announced the Morrison Government increasing the minimum meals unit price to $7.50 to help aged care providers deliver meals to older Australians receiving aged care at home.
It sounds great, but senior co-ordinator Tenille Valensisi said it actually equated to a decrease in funding for many New South Wales MOW services. “We need at least $12 per meal to keep in line with other services.”
Griffith MOW constantly struggles to provide the current level of service at $7.50 per unit, so together with MOW New South Wales they have been attempting to gain an understanding from Minister Colbeck about their funding moving forward.
The other issue they are facing is a move toward payment of funding in arrears, which means they would have to provide the meals prior to receiving payment. This would be catastrophic for a not for profit organisation as cash flow is non-existent.
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