Meals on Wheels Central Coast has partnered with Woolworths to ensure that vulnerable people in the community can still get their daily essentials, as the community bunkers down to face the spread of Coronavirus.
The partnership ensures that elderly people and people living with disability who are Meals on Wheels Central Coast clients, will receive one four pack of toilet paper, which has become hard to come by following mass panic buying around the region.
The valued commodity will be issued to clients with their regular meal deliveries.
“With the current hysteria surrounding toilet paper, we were concerned that our clients were not getting the basic supplies that they needed,” said Meals on Wheels CEO, Dennis Taylor.
“Woolworths have been incredibly generous in supplying us with the packs of toilet paper that will assist our clients over coming weeks.
“We are thrilled to team up with Woolworths to help the more vulnerable members of our community.
“Meals on Wheels Central Coast is doing everything possible to ensure that all our aged and disabled clients on the Coast are given every opportunity to be kept healthy and well in their own homes during the Coronavirus event,” Taylor said.
The partnership with Woolworths will not just be limited to the Central Coast, with Meals on Wheels organisations across the state also benefiting from the initiative.
The announcement comes as Meals on Wheels outlined its own stringent new measures to ensure that their service could be maintained as the disease spreads.
“Measures have been taken to ensure business continuity so that we can continue to offer their meal delivery service to our clients,” Taylor said.
“As well as mandatory hand washing and sanitising of hands upon entry to the office and exit to all sites, gloves and masks have also been made available to volunteers.
“Contactless delivery options will be offered to all clients, and volunteers will still ensure that the clients are home to take delivery of their food that will be left in a sealed box on their doorstep.
“We will continue to provide our social welfare service ensuring that our clients are well before departing the property.
“The contactless delivery is an option available to all clients and is not compulsory.
“Our Community Restaurants will cease to operate from March 18, as social distancing is not possible, and the protection of our clients from health risks is of paramount importance.
“Meals on Wheels Central Coast will be doing a month by month review of the situation.”
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