To help fight the flu this winter for more than 10,000 Queenslanders in need, the state’s largest volunteer organisation, Meals on Wheels, will deliver almost 500,000 nutritionally balanced meals to bridge the gap in many people’s diets
Meals on Wheels services across Queensland have stressed the importance of consuming nutritious meals with a high intake of fibre, vitamins and protein to protect Queenslanders against the common cold that causes 18,000 hospitalisations in Australia each year.
Queensland Meals on Wheels’ Foodservice Dietitian, Dr Karen Abbey, says a well-balanced diet with a variety of vegetables, whole grains, fruit, dairy and poultry supports the immune system to combat the flu symptoms this winter.
“In the winter months people look to heartier foods to stay warm, but these meals might not necessarily be providing their bodies with what they need to stay healthy if they’re not packed with nourishing ingredients,” Dr Abbey said.
“It’s important for Australians to eat micro and macronutrients, ensuring their immune systems are getting the nutrients they need to respond to infection during winter. This applies particularly to Australians aged 75 years or older who are more vulnerable to influenza-like illnesses.
“The Meals on Wheels service is great because it gives people access to nutritionally balanced, hearty meals that provide them with the nutrients they need in the comfort of their own home.”
Meals on Wheels services throughout Queensland currently serve almost 2 million quality meals a year to people in need throughout cities, regional and rural areas, providing valuable support to a variety of clients including those recovering from illness or injury, living with a disability and those who need a helping hand.
Queensland Meals on Wheels State Manager, David Bannister, said the Meals on Wheels service is so much more than just a meal, providing valuable support to community members who need a helping hand.
“We offer our clients and their loved ones much needed peace of mind, delivering nourishing meals, companionship, safety and wellness checks each day.” Mr Bannister said.
The service relies on community volunteers to deliver quality nourishing meals, companionship, safety and wellness checks to 10,000 Queenslanders in need of support.