The majority of providers offer soup, main course and dessert.
The frequency of meal delivery is based on an assessment of your individual needs and support network. Some Meals on Wheels customers purchase meals short-term after an operation, medium term due to illness, or more long-term. You can receive meals two to three days a week, or five to seven days a week, depending on your needs and the delivery schedules of your local provider.
Meal delivery times vary from service to service. Most Meals on Wheels services provide one three-course lunch-time meal and deliver Monday to Friday (with weekend meals provided on the Friday) and some also offer weekend delivery.
Meals on Wheels is primarily funded by the Australian Government via the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). To receive Meals on Wheels at a subsidised cost through the CHSP, you must contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 to arrange an assessment. If you require the Meals on Wheels service urgently, your My Aged Care assessment can occur after the service has commenced.
The Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACCYP) is subsidised by the State Government. To receive the subsidised service for HACCPYP, please contact your local Council who will provide details of the service in your area.
Independent Meals on Wheels services are also funded through donations and customer contributions.
Meals on Wheels Victoria is the peak state body, representing the community of grassroots services across Victoria dedicated to the wellbeing, connection and independence of our most vulnerable.
We play an important role in developing and sharing best practice between the member services, along with promoting and raising awareness of Meals on Wheels and the customers we serve.
We offer a single point of contact between Meals on Wheels services, policy-makers, funders, regulators and other key stakeholders.
Meals on Wheels Victoria is funded by member subscriptions ($100 per year) and a yearly contribution from the federal government of approximately $5000 a year. For 2021/22 financial year we have secured funding for a State Manager. However all day to day operational functions are performed by a dedicated team of volunteers. Our central number is attended Monday to Friday (including public holidays) for people wanting to know more about the service, or in some cases having trouble contacting their local provider.