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15 February , 2017



The National Meal Guidelines were officially launched in Canberra today at a Parliamentary Friends of Meals on Wheels function at Parliament House. AMOWA President Nelson Mathews with Minister for Ageing Hon Ken Wyatt AM, holds a copy of the guidelines with members of the steering committee who made it all happen.
At a gathering of the Parliamentary Friends of Meals on Wheels to officially launch these guidelines on Wednesday Febraury 15, 2017, the National President of the Australian Meals on Wheels Association, Mr Nelson Mathews, called for the Federal Government to deliver more certainty for the service.
Mr Mathews said that despite the best intentions, uncertainty had been created in communities across Australia about the future of Meals on Wheels, with much of the uncertainty arising from reforms to aged care policy and funding in recent years, and further changes on the horizon.
‘Delivered meals, whilst a preventative health service, are funded through aged care channels. The aged care space has for some 5 years now seen huge change. Much of this has been positive for consumers of aged care services. But, it has also created delays and confusion for those seeking simple but proven vital, support services such as delivered meals’.
‘For example, those seeking simple support through nourishing meals and social contact, to assist them through short term pressures and to maintain independence in their own homes, now have to go through the MyAgedCare “Gateway”. This process requires a lot of effort and angst, much of it premature, in arranging the delivery of a simple meal service,’ he said.
‘There is great uncertainty about funding arrangements for our services from 2018 and AMOWA has sought to engage with the government at ministerial and departmental levels to share our concerns’
‘AMOWA is encouraging the federal government to clarify intentions regarding funding, to ensure that Meals on Wheels services continue to be accessible, available and affordable for Australian communities, in every neighbourhood, when they are needed. Mooted changes, focused on principles of consumer directed care and market competition, would risk the viability of meal services delivered in more than 600 Australian communities, disenfranchise the 75,000 volunteers who willingly give their time to deliver this vital service, and risk the health and independence of the 120,000 Australians, and their families, who rely on Meals on Wheels, every year.
AMOWA is calling on the government to:
1. Position Meals on Wheels services within a health, rather than ageing, policy and funding framework.
2. Preserve existing levels of direct funding to Meals on Wheels services and sector support funding to State Associations, where applicable.
3. Address the lack of real growth and inequitable levels of funding across jurisdictions.
4. Provide significant once off sector support funding, over two years, to the Australian Meals on Wheels Association to support the work of the Department of Health, Meals on Wheels State Associations and services in the design and implementation of resultant system changes.
Over ten million meals are delivered each year, to both short and longer term clients, to help
them stay independent, healthy and engaged in their communities.
The service saves millions of tax payer dollars annually by utilising volunteers and keeping people out of hospitals and residential care.
‘The data supports the fact that countries that support Meals on Wheels, keep people healthier and independent for longer. Australian meal services are considered some of the best in the world’.
In continuing this leading practice, the National Meal Guidelines, released formally today, represent the first nationally consistent approach to nutrition, menu planning and meal presentation for organisations providing delivered meals through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.
They were developed by AMOWA in partnership with the Smart Foods Centre at Wollongong University, with funding contributed by the Australian Government Department of Health.
“If someone has a disability, is recovering from an operation, or simply finds shopping and cooking a burden, good healthy food is more important than ever. These guidelines are under-pinned by the latest dietary research, but the appeal and quality of the food has been foremost in our minds. At the end of the day, we want people to eat, and eat well”, said Nelson Mathews.
The National Meal Guidelines will help people make better food choices amongst the proliferation of food services now available. Download here.

Annual General Meeting of Meals on Wheels Held:

Meals on Wheels SA Incorporated held their Annual General Meeting on 27 October 2016. 

Branches from all over the state were well represented and a full agenda of business was conducted.

The financial reports and accounts were presented and endorsed, two new Board Members elected and a detailed update from the CEO was presented at the Branch Officers Conference, which formed part of the morning. 

A copy of the reports may be found here, by clicking on the image to download a PDF...


     Annual Report                                                 Branch Reports

A copy of the full set of Financial Statements, Statement by the Board and Auditor’s Statement is available on request from the Chief Executive Officer, Meals on Wheels (SA) Incorporated PO Box 406 Unley SA 5061 FreeCall 1800854 453

Two new Board Members were elected at our AGM, here from left to right, are; CEO Sharyn Broer, Branch Representatives Des Memen and Kathryn (Kate) Dansie, and President Bill Coomans. 

Special Announcement:                                                     New Advertising Launches for MoWSA!!!


Meals on Wheels SA is delighted to advise that new advertising has been launched

MoWSA was proactive in raising awareness with a new generation of customers and their families, as well as potential volunteers, via a television advertising campaign in the past couple of years.

The results have been very positive, with increases in customers, meal deliveries and enquiries from potential volunteers!

A review of our campaign was undertaken by the country’s leading creative and strategic experts, and we were reassured to know that our messages were coming through positively in our advertising.

However, we identified that it was time to tell people about …Our Secret Ingredient!

To see what that is, and enjoy the new commercials; Click on this link – CLICK

We trust you will enjoy the new campaign as we look forward to engaging with new customers and their families, referrers, new volunteers and of course you our valued volunteers.

Australian Meals on Wheels Association (AMOWA) announces exciting project in delivered meals...


Doris Taylor named in top 100 inspirational women list...

SOUTH Australia has long been a leader in women’s rights so it’s no surprise that over its 180 year history the state has produced an army of trailblazing women. Today, ahead of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, we pay tribute to 100 of…

Annual Awardee Day... Yet another successful recognition of our volunteers...

We recently celebrated the service of over 500 volunteers who either reached 15 years’ service and life membership this year, or, attained higher levels of recognition.

Our new Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia and Mrs Le joined us for the occasion and again spoke pasionately about volunteering and its value to the community.

Here is the "Class of 2015"...

Congratulations to all!

Meals on Wheels SA AGM Held...

Meals on Wheels held their Annual General Meeting on 29 October 2015. Branches were well represented and the reports and accounts were endorsed.

A copy of the reports may be found here...


                              Click Link                                                 Click Link

CEO Honoured as finalist in the Telstra Businesswoman of the year Awards…

Sharyn Broer was recently named as an SA finalist in the prestigious 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

MoWSA President Leon Holmes AM said the State’s largest community-based volunteer organisation was thrilled to learn its leader had been recognised in this way. “To be named as a State finalist is testament to Sharyn’s exceptional leadership and achievements at the helm of our organisation,” Mr Holmes said.

“Sharyn is a remarkable leader and role model for business women across any profession. She is passionate about Meals on Wheels and our commitment to helping customers live independently in their homes. On behalf of the Board, staff and volunteers at Meals on Wheels, I congratulate Sharyn on becoming a finalist in these strongly contested awards”.

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards are the longest running women’s award program in Australia. For over two decades the Awards have recognised outstanding women from diverse industries. Sharyn joined other South Australian finalists at the State awards event in October.

Whilst not receiving an award in the “for purpose and social enterprise’’ category finals, Sharyn said the awards were a chance to acknowledge those who had supported her.

“There’s been a lot of personal reflection and an opportunity to just pause and take note of how far I have come and how far the organisation has come,” she said. “I have been thinking about where we are heading and how I can continue to strengthen my skills as a leader and a business woman. “It’s also nice to think about who has shared the journey with you.”

Picture: The 2014 Telstra SA Business Woman of the Year, Ms Erma Ranieri and SA Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, presents 2015 finalist Sharyn Broer with her certificate.

It's on! The Australian Meals on Wheels Association  National Conference.

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New On Line Nutrition Tool Launched to Help Better Understand Eating Habits and Meal Needs...

Our friends at MoW Queensland have a great on line tool called “Nutri-eSCREEN” that will help you find out how you are doing with choosing foods that help you stay healthy and active.

This is ideal for you, or someone you know, providing some assistance with daily eating needs, wants & requirements.

No personal information is collected and participants take part of their own free will.

The tool is governed by privacy laws and Nutri-eSCREEN is identified in the QMoW privacy policy.

Take a look now at this link... Nutri-eSCREEN

Annual Awardee Day another successful recognition of our volunteers...

We recently celebrated the service of over 500 volunteers who either reached 15 years’ service and life membership this year, or, attained higher levels of recognition.

Including one group who have been volunteering since day 3 of MoWSA!

Our new Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, spoke most eloquently and pasionately of his journey to Australia with wife Lan and of the value of volunteers in the community.

Here is a link to a  booklet listing all of this years “Awardees”, including some bios on those with 40 plus years’ service.

Click Here 

Lots of photos were taken again this year and we will share them soon.

Congratulations to all awardees and all their fellow volunteers.



The Annual General Meeting of Meals on Wheels SA (Inc.), Well Attended...


The Annual General Meeting of the Association was held today at Wests Footbal Club Richmond. The meeting on 23/10/14, was well attended by branch delegates from all over SA.

President Leon Holmes AM, Honorary Treasurer John Hill, Board Committte Chairs and the CEO Sharyn Broer all presented reports which were endorsed unanimously by the delegates.

Click on the links to download a PDF copy of each...

Annual Report                             Branch Reports



                               Further financial information can be obtained from the financial report which is available, free of charge, on request to:                                       The Chief Executive Officer, Meals on Wheels (SA) Inc. PO Box 406 Unley SA 5061.


Commemorative Booklet Launched for 60th Birthday.

Meals on Wheels has launched a commemorative booklet to celebrate its 60th Birthday...


It is a reproduction of a pamplet produced on our 1st Birthday in 1955, that set out...What It Is, How It Began, What It Is Now, What It Can was detial on the thoughts and ideas of our founder Doris Taylor.

Click on this link to download a copy for yourself...BOOK


MoWSA Wins Prestigious Award at the ACS SA/NT Awards for Excellence Dinner!

MoWSA was a finalist in two categories in this years awards, at a dinner held in Adleaide on 18 June; 

The Volunteer Award recognises an individual who exemplifies the tireless generosity of volunteers in caring for and supporting older people, people with disabilities and their carers.

Ruth Christie from Renmark and Jo Mitchell from Edwardstown branches were finalists.

Both ladies received warm applause and praise, but were pipped for the award by an Anglicare Volunteer.

The Organisation Award recognises a provider organisation that demonstrates special or unique leadership, innovation and excellence to the sector.

And, the winner was...MoWSA!!!!

In accepting the award, Sharyn spoke of the vision of MoWSA, clearly stated in 1955 by Doris Taylor, and the over 8000 volunteers as well as the small dedicated paid team, who manage the show!

A great recognition for the work of Meals on Wheels and its valued volunteers.

Chair Leon Holmes, Julie Bonnici, Ruth Christie and Sharyn Broer on the night.



The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) visited                 Meals on Wheels, Port Adelaide on June 2, marking the start of his role as Patron of the Australian           Meals on Wheels Association.

The Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove visited the Port Adelaide branch of MoW South Australia (MoWSA),               where they toured  the kitchen and met with volunteers of one of Australia’s most respected service organisations. 

The visit came as Meals on Wheels celebrates 60 years of community service in South Australia, where the             volunteer-driven organisation prepares and delivers over one million meals to some 9,000 clients across the                     state each year.

Underpinning the organisation’s success is a dedicated group of more than 8,000 volunteers who donate their                 time to prepare and deliver meals to support the elderly, those with a disability and carers and allows                               them to live independently in their own homes.

MoWSA CEO, Mrs Sharyn Broer said the Governor-General’s visit demonstrated to MoW volunteers the                       widespread community support for their work.

“Meals on Wheels Port Adelaide is a vital part of the local community and we are delighted the Governor-General             and Lady Cosgrove are able to show their appreciation for the organisation, in particular the over 100 local                   volunteers during their visit to Adelaide,” Mrs Broer said.

“Meals on Wheels volunteers are recognised for their important role in supporting people who find difficulty in                     shopping and or cooking for themselves.

“Our volunteers not only prepare and deliver a nourishing, tasty meal, but they provide valuable social contact,                        a friendly ear and make regular “Safe & Well” checks, which are vital to our clients and their families.

“This year, Meals on Wheels also celebrates its 60th anniversary in South Australia and it is particularly                   pleasing to host Their Excellencies in Port Adelaide today, where our concept of home delivered meals                               first started.”

The South Australian organisation was the first of its kind to be constituted in Australia and the first to set                         out to produce its own meals with volunteer support


Volunteer Week Highlights!

This week celebrated Volunteers and MoW was involved in a number of activities across the state.                                                                                       Here's just a few Highlights...

The Mix 102.3 Street Crew visited Glenelg (L) and Port Adelaide (R) branches to celebrate.

Lots of our volunteers marched in the annual Volunteers Week March up King William Road...

One of our volunteers, Wendy, featured in a recent series of articles about people from Asian                                                             backgrounds volunteering in SA. Nice story on a MoW volunteer...


Our MoW friends in Queensland have an interesting activity...

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The Great Australian BBQ TV Special

Be watching 7mate, Saturday 3rd May at 12:30pm!

From the four burner learners, to the flame grilled elite.

The Great Australian BBQ is a cooking competition with flare, six teams step up to the plate

in an attempt to seal the title of Australia's Greatest BBQ'er. The steaks have never been higher.

The event is organised and funded by Queensland Meals on Wheels, and all funds raised will

go towards our non-for-profit organisation. This one-off special is the product of a competition

which was run earlier in the year.

Click here to LEARN MORE about getting involved and supporting our teams!



Stop Press:

The event was a huge success with lots of people looking at lots of lovely cars!

And MoWSA is a grateful beneficiary.

Exciting Fundraising Event to Benefit Meals on Wheels SA

We are delighted to advise that MoWSA has been named as a beneficiary of an exciting event to be held in April.

The Rotary Club of Adelaide is working with a number of professional parties to stage a most exciting occasion,               under the name…Celebration of the Motorcar.

If you like:

  • Classic, vintage, veteran and exotic cars.
  • The wonderful buildings, gardens and surroundings of Carrick Hill in Springfield.
  • Exhibitions of art.
  • Quality refreshments.
  • Free parking and a modest admission price with
  • Part of the proceeds going to MoWSA.

Then this could be a great day for you, your family and friends!

Please consider marking it in your diary now. Sunday April 27 is the day! Take a copy of this “flyer” and share                 it round.

Look forward to seeing many volunteers there on the day!

“Gully winds” wreak havoc in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide…

The monring's cool change came with a thud to thousands of properties in Adelaide’s east on Tuesday morning         February 3! 

Our roving reporter, Barry, was on hand to email some pics of the damage to Burnside Kitchen. 

Most important to know is that:

  • No one was hurt - “shaken, stirred, but not hurt”.
  • Our team were immediately on hand to help the branch. As well as Barry, the FFS & BSO boys were on deck at Kent Town assisting Marco and his team, as they are cooking for three already! As well as their normal work, Henley Grange are having a refurb, Unley already had a power outage and, of course Burnside.
  • The volunteers were able to deliver the meals to the Burnside clients!

Great all round response!

They were right!!!!

What a week of stinking hot days. A very special heartfelt thanks to all our valued volunteers who ventured out this week to make sure our meals were delivered and that our clients were ok.

Take a look at the information guide from the SES at this link… SES Heatwave INFO

It might be useful reading to ensure all is ok when we get the next one!

Summer is here...

MoWSA is committed to the safety and well being of all we work with. A copy of the MoWSA Heat Policy is available for your information at any branch. 
Therefore we advise that an Extreme Heat Watch for the Greater Adelaide area was issued today by the State Emergency Service. 
An extreme heat event has been forecast from Monday 13 January 2014. The forecast temperatures for next week are as follows:

  • Monday 13 January: Min 20, Max 39
  • Tuesday 14 January: Min 25, Max 41
  • Wednesday 15 January: Min 25, Max 41
  • Thursday 16 January: Min 27, Max 43

Please ensure you or people you know who might be impacted, have access to water, a cool environment, and medical assistance if necessary. (includes MoW Clients, Volunteers, Staff and Friends).
Heat Health information is available from the SA Health website...
Stay cool people!!!!

It's that time of year....

Have a very happy and safe festive season!

New MoW Video Launched



A new MoW video was launched at the annual Awardee Day, aimed at a variety of uses around volunteer recruitment and retention. 

Late last year we applied for a place in the SA Government’s Office for Volunteers “Community Voices Program”. The program partners community based groups like MoW with students from Flinders University, to produce short documentaries or television commercials for volunteer recruitment and community education.

The films can then be screened on television, online, used for public presentations, and in other creative ways to help the organisation to achieve its goals and promote volunteering.

We won a place in the program and at commercial rates it is worth a considerable sum.

We recently interrupted the “Friday Crew” at Mitcham branch and turned them all into “video stars”. They did very well as you would expect from a MoW volunteer kitchen team and certainly emphasised the fun, enjoyment and value of more than just a meal!

All branches will receive a CD to use in new volunteer orientations, community talks, loans to the local High School and many more ways to spread the good word about the work of MoW.

If you would like to see the video you can go to

Many thanks to the Mitcham Team and we hope you enjoy these “clips” from the video and the video itself.



Meals on Wheels SA (MoWSA) has embarked on a ground-breaking research study into nutrition for older South Australians.


The main aim of the research is to discover how effectively Meals on Wheels assists older South Australians to achieve dietary targets and improve their nutritional health and wellbeing. It comes at a time where obesity remains a primary public health concern yet the issue of malnourishment and under-nutrition continues to be overlooked.

The ongoing study is being conducted in collaboration between MoWSA, the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences. It’s expected to be completed in six months.

Research Scientist, Dr Natalie Luscombe-Marsh, CSIRO and University of Adelaide affiliate, said early indicators of the research were positive. “Preliminary findings show that Meals on Wheels is helping older people reach their nutrition requirements,” she said.

Dr Luscombe-Marsh is currently calling on more people over 70 to be involved in this research, whether they use Meals on Wheels or not. The study is confidential and at no cost to participants.

“By taking part in the study you’ll be contributing to worthwhile research designed to counteract a growing public health concern, while also assisting yourself and your friends in the community,” she said.

The study will compare the health outcome of clients over 70 receiving standard Meals on Wheels meals, versus a meal with additional protein and energy. These results will be compared with a group of older people who do not use Meals on Wheels’ services.

 “MoWSA is not a caregiver or aged provider – we are a primary health enabler that exists to support people in the community to live independently,” MoWSA CEO Sharyn Broer said.  “By helping to improve the nutrition status of our older clients, we are assisting in maintaining their health, social connections and overall role in the community.

If you or someone you know would like to participate in this research then simply call:

Dr Natalie Luscombe-Marsh - Research Scientist CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences

Office Phone: +61 8 8305 0605 Mobile: +61 0 406 674 510  Fax: +61 8 8303 8899

The Annual General Meeting of Meals on Wheels SA Inc. 2013!

A terrific turn out of volunteers came to the Branch Officers’ Conference and Annual General Meeting of Meals On Wheels (SA) Incorporated, held on Thursday 24 October, 2013.  Well over 100 people attended the meeting as delegates from across the State.

As you would expect from an Association AGM, this event gives an opportunity for the Board and management to report back to the members on how the Association has fared over the past year, and to look ahead to the future.  Reports were presented by President and Chair of the Board Mr Leon Holmes AM, Honorary Treasurer Mr John Hill, chairs of Board standing committees and me, reflecting on a very active year.  An electronic copy of the Annual Report is available by clicking HERE. It provides detailed reports, including 73 branch reports and a roll of honour for Life Members.

Elections to the Board were held for four positions where the current term had expired.  As there was only one nomination for each position, there were no ballots and each nominee was declared duly elected.

Mr Leon Holmes AM will continue as President and Chair of the Board and Mr John Hill will continue as Honorary Treasurer of the Association. As well as welcoming these reappointments, the meeting recognised the good work done by retiring Board Members Mr Bill Coomans (Happy Valley Branch) and Mrs Shirley Mudge (Waikerie Branch).

The meeting then welcomed new Branch Representative Board Members; Mr John Symonds who has served on the Brighton Branch Committee for 15 years (seven as Treasurer and three as Chair), and Mr James (Jim) Raggatt of McLaren Vale.  Jim has previously served as a Branch Representative on the Board and was a member of the Country Hospital-based Branch Committee. He is currently a member of the Governance & Nominations Committee and has been Chair of the McLaren Vale Branch for 27 years!

MoW in SA is fortunate to have attracted these very experienced volunteers to the Board and look forward to their contributions. More about these new Board Members in the next NewsFeed.


L-R; Click on the Anuual Report above, to view a pdf copy. CEO Sharyn Broer reports to the meeting. VP Marg McKenzie reports on Branch Operations & Services.



Australian Meals on Wheels recently held its national conference in Canberra.

Under the theme of “Diamonds are Forever", hundreds of delegates from all over Australia gained lots of useful information and food for thought.

Go to this link to see some of the presentations… CONFERENCE


Meals on Wheels turns 60 in Australia on Wednesday August 28!

To celebrate the Diamond anniversary of MoW in Australia, every client in the nation will get this special commemorative placemat with their lunch delivery.

And Adelaide clients will also get some special soup made by the good folks at Fasta Pasta, who wanted to do something for MoW to celebrate. We thought giving the soup cooks a rest would be ideal!



"Happy Birthday Dear MoWSA...Happy Birthday to you/us"!

Around 500 volunteers attended a free movie day at the Capri Cinema today, to celebrate the 59th year of MoW in SA. The Annual Movie Day is another chance to thank volunteers and celebrate a special milestone.

Here Colin WIliams who is also a volunteeer, entertained us and led us in a rousing verison of Happy Birthday!

And the crowd joined in!

See a terrific video record of the Mitcham 50th right here... Mitcham Video

MoW Mitcham Turns 50!

L- R: His Excellency helps Mrs Mary Prime to cut the ceremonial cake. Mary has delivered meals fortnightly for 41 years!  His Excellency chats with Mrs Mary Davidson AM and guest. Chair John Kelley recieves the 50 Year Wheel from President Leon Holmes AM.

Meals on Wheels at Mitcham celebrated 50 years of service to the local community with an official event honouring the outstanding efforts of its volunteers, held on Friday July 26.

Back in 1963, the Mayor of Mitcham officially opened the local branch and 63 meals were delivered on the first day.

Since then, the Mitcham branch of Meals on Wheels has provided almost 1.7 million meals to clients and currently has a local volunteer workforce of 170 volunteers.

Meals on Wheels Patron, Governor of South Australia His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce presented special service awards at the ceremony and met with many volunteers over afternoon tea.

"From the outset Mitcham Meals on Wheels’ volunteers delivered a three-course warm midday meal each weekday providing a contact and a friendly face for the isolated people in our community, as well as checking on their wellbeing,” Meals on Wheels Mitcham branch Chairman Mr John Kelley said.

“The service through our volunteers continues to assist in helping our citizens who may be old, have a disability, be a carer and can’t cook or shop for themselves, to remain independent in their own homes.

“Our kitchen volunteers start around 7.00am Monday to Friday, with the deliverers arriving at 11.00am to load their cars and make deliveries after 11.15 am to more than 120 clients each day.

“We could not have achieved so much in these past 50 years without the enormous support and effort of all our volunteers who have tirelessly given their time to cook and deliver the meals to those in our community.”

Invited guests included the Governor of South Australia Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, State Member for Waite, Andrew Southcott MP, Federal Member of Boothby, Michael Picton, Mayor of City of Mitcham (himself a kitchen volunteer), Meals on Wheels SA President Leon Holmes AM and Chief Executive Officer Sharyn Broer as well as current and past volunteers. Mary Davidson AM, Immediate Past Presdient was also one of those who joind the guests.


National Volunteers Week is another perfect time to pay tribute to the everyday heroes that form the backbone of community service in South Australia, says Meals on Wheels SA.
Meals On Wheels SA (MoWSA) is the largest community-based volunteer organisation in South Australia, with a commitment to helping people of all ages and needs live independent, happy and healthy lives.
Its volunteers and staff participated in a public march on Monday 13 May on King William Street in Adelaide to start National Volunteer Week, which runs from 13-19 May.
“We cannot deliver our much-needed community services without the exceptional and tireless work of our volunteers across the State,” Meals on Wheels SA Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Sharyn Broer said.
“Volunteers are selfless, dedicated and the backbone of Meals on Wheels in South Australia.
“They are often seen as unsung heroes, but we take the time whenever we can to recognise their outstanding efforts more publicly.
“We’re always looking out for more volunteers to help us enhance the lives of the thousands of people right across the State that rely on Meals on Wheels.”
With 89 branches in South Australia, MoWSA has more than 8000 volunteers working in a variety of roles including cooks, kitchen helpers, drivers, deliverers and administrators. Branches can also use people with IT and office skills.
The organisation also has a corporate volunteer program, which involves more than a dozen companies and almost 200 volunteers across the State.
“While volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds what they have in common is a great community spirit and enthusiasm for helping others,” Mrs. Broer said.
“A couple of hours on a regular basis is all it takes to be a volunteer and enormous personal satisfaction can be gained in seeing your efforts make a real difference to people in need.”
Meals on Wheels delivers on average over 4000 meals each day. Since its establishment in South Australia almost 60 years ago, MoWSA has delivered more than 45 million meals to people in need of support for a variety of reasons centered on not being able to shop or prepare a meal for themselves.

Shape the future of Volunteering…                                                                          Share your Meals on Wheels story with us!

Here’s a chance to share with us, your volunteering experiences with Meals on Wheels. 

By participating, your voice will be heard and you will help shape the future of Meals on Wheels in Australia. 

For more details please visit:

This confidential research is an Australian Meals on Wheels Association initiative and is supported by our Australian Meals on Wheels Partner

National Meals on Wheels Conference Details Announced...

Diamonds are Forever!

An exciting program has been announced for the national conference in our 60th year!

Here's the program..Conference Brochure

Interested...Register Here


Update on Organisation Restructure March 2013
In a recent stop press version of our e newsletter, CEO Sharyn Broer said…

As part of my commitment and that of our leadership team, to keep you informed about the progress of our restructure, here is an update.
Let me recap on the key element of this restructure. Our objective is to create an organisational structure that will better serve the organisation and its branches in the future.
The new structure shown here creates four functional units reporting to the CEO.

The centrepiece of the new structure is a regionalised Service Operations function responsible for producing the core MoWSA product – delivered meals, through the efforts of our geographically dispersed branch teams.

  • All branches will be grouped into regions, and Service Operations staff will be assigned to a region.
  • Every branch will have a ‘go to’ person who has an intimate knowledge of the branch through regular visits.
  • These ‘regional support officers’ will be multiskilled and able to assist with inducting and training Branch Officers and volunteers in a range of duties.
  • They will be problem-solvers and advocates for the branch and will be the main conduit of information to and from Central Office.
  • The remaining functional areas of Facilities & Food Services, Corporate Services, and Strategy & Communications, exist to support the Service Operations function.
  • They are designed to minimise cross functional boundary issues by grouping activities that are highly interdependent within the same functional unit.

At this point in time, the management of each new functional area has been put in place.  By late April we will have worked with staff and volunteers to determine the detailed elements of the new structure, including how you would like to see the regional support function work.  By the end of June we expect that all of the amended positions and lines of reporting will be fully operational.  We anticipate that all current staff will be effectively deployed within the new structure, in roles that make best use of their talents and skills.
I look forward to providing a more detailed overview and sharing progress with branch officers at the Branch Officers’ Conference on April 10.  Invitations to this event are being distributed in the next scheduled branch mail out.
The missing TBA* in our chart?

New General Manager Service Operations Mrs Julie Bonnici

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Julie Bonnici to our team in the position of General Manager Service Operations.  Julie will be starting on Monday 25 March and a thorough orientation and induction program is being planned. (Happening now)
Julie has considerable senior management experience leading, developing and implementing strategy for and operational management of large, decentralised community service organisations in the aged and disability services sector, with both voluntary and paid workers.  She has exceptional leadership, service development, problem-solving and decision-making skills along with an excellent ability to engage stakeholders and create high performing teams.
She has recently been the General Manager, Seniors and Lifestyle at Anglicare, and spent 10 years as a Senior Manager and Regional Manager at ACH Group. Prior roles included Manager of Therapy Solutions at Northern Domiciliary Care, Occupational Therapy Manager at the Lyell McEwin Health Service, and senior Occupational Therapist roles in the NT and SA.
The skills and expertise that Julie brings to Meals on Wheels will be of great help in developing and implementing a customer-focused organisational structure and ensuring the success of our 89 branches.
For 10 years Julie has served on the Board of Immanuel College and is a member of several not for profit committees. I am confident that Julie will make a valuable contribution to our team and am sure you will all help to make her feel welcome.

Sharyn Broer CEO


MoWSA is asking for local community sponsors to give someone in their local community, a seat at the National MoW Conference in August!

The national conference is a great opportunity for local business to sponsor a local volunteer to attend the National Meals on Wheels Conference in Canberra...Enabling them to bring back new learning and enthusiasm, to their local community!

Every local Meals on Wheels Branch will have a volunteer, a real “Diamond”, who gives their time each week, and has lots of great ideas to share with others.

The help with a sponsorship of their conference seat, will be a great investment now and in the future, for local communities,

Call your local Meals on Wheels Branch or Freecall 1800 854 453 now for more  details.       It will be a great investment in your community’s future.

Summer is well and truly here! Be Cool, Hydrated, Alert and Safe...

Extreme Heat Conditions and Extreme Fire Conditions are both associated with summers in SA. However there are many things we can all do to stay safe and comfortable in both situations.

It is especially important to think about somone you know who may need a hand. A family member, friend or neighbour can easily be overlooked.


  • Have access to water, a cool environment, and medical assistance if necessary.
  • For further Heat Health information, a lot of useful information is available including in many languages from


  • If you have any questions on bushfire readiness please click on the CFS website link Here.


Here's an extract from our NewsFeed Summer Edition on "Summer Extremes".




As Meals on Wheels served SA’s biggest Christmas meal!

Meals on Wheels (SA) has had a busy festive season including serving the State’s biggest Christmas lunch on Friday December 21.

Hundreds of Meals on Wheels volunteers and supporters across the State, from Ceduna to Berri and Port Augusta to Port MacDonnell. helped spread Christmas cheer through their involvement in cooking, supervising and delivering a Christmas meal to over 4000 clients.

The three-course Christmas lunch cooked at more than 90 MoW, Country Hospital and other kitchens, across the State included a sumptuous array of festive ingredients including:

  • 600kg meat (about the weight of a Formula One car)
  • 900 litres of Soup
  • 160 litres Gravy
  • 970 kg of Potatoes, Pumpkin & Peas
  • 320kg of Cake or Fruit
  • 400 litres of Custard

Meals on Wheels SA Chief Executive Sharyn Broer says that the organisation believes that together, Meals on Wheels branches served the State’s largest community Christmas meal.

“Our clients enjoyed receiving a special festive meal from us at this time of year. It’s the time of giving and we were delighted to be able to give back and spread some Christmas spirit to our clients,” Sharyn says.

“Our service plays an important role in our clients’ lives; not only do our volunteers prepare and deliver tasty and nutritious meals to help maintain independent living in their own homes, they also provide friendly contact and regular checks on wellbeing. Meals on Wheels really is ‘more than just a meal’.” 

In 2011/12, Meals on Wheels SA oversaw the preparation and delivery over 1 million meals to clients across the State. Meals on Wheels helps some 5,000 South Australians who have trouble shopping and cooking for themselves – including the elderly, those with a disability, people recovering from hospital, and carers. People’s recovery and independence is enhanced through the provision of nutritious home delivered meals.

Meals are prepared, cooked and delivered by volunteers. Meals on Wheels has 90 active branches located throughout South Australia, and delivers over 4,000 meals per day.

The Norwood Team preparing Christmas meals...See the full Channel Nine News coverage Here

First Sod Turned On New Port Pirie Kitchen...

The building of the new Port Pirie Kitchen marked another important step on Friday 23 November. MoWSA President Leon Holmes AM attended the site of the new kitchen, to assist in turning the first sod at the site.
L. President Leon Holmes, Branch Chair Frank Petagna and committee member Des Memen, sharing the load!
R.  Also seen at the ceremony, were Presdienmt Leon Holmes, Chair Frank Petagna, local MP Geoff Brock and Port Pirie Mayor Brenton Vanstone.

 Annual Awardee Afternoon Another Success!

L-R Mrs Liz Scarce, His Excellency the Governor, The Awardees and President Leon Holmes AM.

Allan Scott Park Morphettville Function Centre buzzed with excitement on Friday November 16, when over 360 volunteers gathered to celebrate our annual awardee afternoon.

This annual event is held to honour volunteers who, each year, have reached life membership, and for those volunteers who are extended life members.

His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Scarce presented awards to 22 volunteers who reached 40 years of service. While each award was being received, CEO Sharyn Broer provided some background on each recipient’s time with Meals on Wheels.

Volunteers and their guests enjoyed a delicious lunch while listening to the wonderful music provided by the South Australian Dixieland Band.


To see more pictures from the event visit below:






Meals on Wheels SA Annual General Meeting...

Meals on Wheels SA Incorporated, held its Annual General Meeting on 25/10/12 at the Morphettville Junction Function Centre.

President Leon Holmes AM on behalf of the MoWSA Board, welcomed representatives from Meals on Wheels Branches across the state.

All reports were accepted, some changes to the constitution were endorsed and all other business conducted smoothly.

Delegates heard reports on the strategic issues being worked through by board and management and volunteers were acknowledged for the great work they do in the community. Click here, to download a copy of the 2011-12 Annual Report.






Fire Season Approaches!...Are You Ready?

The CFS says...Did you know?

  • More than 35 suburbs in Adelaide's fringes are in bushfire prone areas.
  • More than 75 towns in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island are in bushfire prone areas.
  • 75 towns in other parts of rural South Australia are in bushfire prone areas.

Meals on Wheels will be advising all clients in bushfire prone areas of what procedures there will be in place regarding deliveries on Catastrophic or Code red Days.                          

Here's a copy of our note...Click

If you have any questions on bushfire readiness please click on the CFS website link on the left.



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Volunteering is so good for you that doctors should recommend it, experts say...

The Advertiser ran a story on 1 October, about the benefits of volunteering, to volunteers themselves. Most of our volunteers will already be aware of the benefits that volunteering brings, but you might like to take a look at the story on the Adelaide Now website.

 Meals on Wheels Port Pirie Responds to Regional Growth and Demand...

The positive future for the Mid-North Region was endorsed by the announcement that Meals on Wheels Port Pirie is about to embark on a major redevelopment, with a brand new kitchen to be built in David Street.

First established in Port Pirie in May 1965, Meals on Wheels has prepared and delivered over 800,000 meals to date.

The current kitchen produces great three course meals every weekday, to be delivered to clients in the area. “It’s not exactly broken”, said Branch Chair Frank Petagna, “but we believe we can really do much more with a new more modern kitchen”.

Meals on Wheels CEO Sharyn Broer said, “The decision to build came after a long process that involved consultation and discussions with many stakeholders, especially input from local volunteers and their Branch Building Committee. It culminated recently with an exhaustive tender process, with Tagara Builders being awarded the contract”.

The new kitchen, to be built right next door to the current one in David Street, will have a contemporary light and energy efficient design, well suited to the climate and the use by volunteers.

The project will involve high levels of technical guidance from Meals on Wheels corporate headquarters and architects, GHD South Australia. It will include the benefits of numerous donations from community groups and businesses in the region that have enthusiastically supported Meals on Wheels and the building project. Of particular note is Nyrstar’s significant contribution for solar panels on the new building.  This generous gift will keep on giving by substantially reducing the kitchen’s power bills.

Adding his support to this exciting community development, Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, said, “The long awaited new kitchen in Port Pirie will make the job of the wonderful volunteers so much easier. As one of only two Meals on Wheels operated kitchens north of Adelaide, it is recognition of the long standing, reliable and outstanding service provided by this valued community based group”.

Independent State MP and Member for Frome, Geoff Brock, applauds the new Meals on Wheels kitchen building project that will provide a functional and effective workspace for the committed band of volunteers who consistently ‘deliver’ in the true sense of the word.  “I would encourage anyone with the ability to give some of their time, to consider volunteering with Meals on Wheels. Who knows, it might be you who has the pleasure of preparing and delivering the 1 millionth meal in due course, from the new Port Pirie Kitchen!




Governor General visits Meals on Wheels kitchen and assists with meal delivery!


The Governor General, Ms Quentin Bryce is welcomed to Happy Valley Meals on Wheels and chats with volunteers.

The Governor-General, as Patron of Meals on Wheels in Australia, joined volunteers for the daily lunch delivery service around the suburbs surrounding Happy Valley, South Australia on July 5.

Earlier, Ms Bryce met staff and volunteers at the Meals on Wheels Happy Valley Kitchen as they were preparing lunches for just some of the up to 5,000 clients who are provided meals each day across South Australia. Her visit also included the opportunity for many volunteers from neighbouring branches across Adelaide and near counrty locations.

The visit also recognised Meals on Wheel’s 60th anniversary of operations in Australia, as well as  the 25th Anniversary and 300,000th meal of the Happy Valley Branch.

Click on the links to see more... Governor General's Website  Nine News Adelaide


Bogus Callers & Resdient Safety Highighted in Media Campaign...

MoWSA Client Marlene Kimber talks with a local Police Constable about the need to be aware and alert!

Photo courtesy of Calum Robertson and The Advertiser

Earlier this year, we saw media coverage on bogus callers annoying older persons in our community, and home invasions.

  • MoWSA has been working collaboratively with SA Police, to make sure people are aware, alert and prepared.
  • The links on the left is a flyer from SAPOL on the subject.
  • And we suggest you might wish to contact SAPOL about their home saftey audits.
  • It helps be aware of the issues, we hope you find them helpful.
  • Click on these links to see handy information...
SAPOL Bogus Callers Fact Sheet    SAPOL Home Assist Scheme


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