Arklow Meals on Wheels are now providing around 120 meals a week compared to the 20 per week when the organisation was set up, Arklow Municipal District Members were told this week.
A deputation from Arklow Meals on Wheels were welcome to the September meeting by the Cathaoirleach, Cllr Tommy Annesley.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers, Hilary Sharpe, Catherine Kavanagh and Nellie Carr provided the members with information relating to the service they provide.
They said that founding members, Maureen Spacey and Patsy Boyle along with others, originally provided around 20 meals per week.
Volunteers now provide approximately 120 meals per week post Covid with Hilary Sharpe saying that they provide “more than just a meal, it’s a lifeline”.
Cathaoirleach Cllr Annesley thanked the Volunteers for their important work and made a presentation to the group in recognition of the 21 years of service to the area.
John Bowes, Acting District Manager, congratulated the Meals on Wheels volunteers on reaching an important milestone.
Elected Members praised the work of the volunteers but especially thanked them for extension of the service beyond Arklow during Covid. They wished them well as they secure a permanent home in Arklow.
Photo above: left to right – Alvina Brehony, Arklow District Administrator; Catherine Kavanagh, Arklow Meals on Wheels; Cllr Pat Kennedy, Hilary Sharpe, Arklow Meals on Wheels; Cathaoirleach Cllr Tommy Annesley; Nelly Carr, Arklow Meals on Wheels; Cllr Pat Fitzgerald, Cllr Sylvester Bourke and John Bowes, Acting Arklow District Manager