MEALS on Wheels customers were met by an unexpected volunteer delivering their dishes recently.
Mayor John Dal Broi gave a hand to the embattled charity after he was invited along for national Meals on Wheels day.
The vital service has struggled for volunteers to deliver meals and, recognising the cause as particularly worthy, Cr Dal Broi has committed to help out.
In fact, other councillors have put up their hands to join the volunteer base and council staff will be encouraged to help out, with a roster established to help them along.
Cr Dal Broi said the experience was a good one.
“The best thing was most of the senior people just wanted to have a chat,” Cr Dal Broi said.
“Delivering the meal is one thing, but delivering to our senior community members really means a lot to them.
“We reminisced and talked about the old times.
It’s great to do something nice for the community.”
Cr Dal Broi urged anyone who had an hour to spare once a fortnight, or even monthly, to consider joining Meals on Wheels.
“Giving up one hour is not going to kill anyone,” he said.
“I’m pleased some of our staff are taking up the challenge – let’s all do something positive.”
Michelle Bordignon from Meals on Wheels hoped council’s initiative would show others how easy it was to help out.
“It’s not a hard thing to do, it’s only one hour once a month,” Mrs Bordignon said.
“It’s great to see council getting involved.”
Mrs Bordignon said volunteering for the hot meal run would involve picking hot meals up from the hospital kitchen and delivering them to clients – many of whom enjoyed a quick chat.
There was also the ever-growing frozen food run people could volunteer for.