Newcastle Meals on Wheels will soon have an improved ability to provide for its clients after receiving a $20,526 NSW Government Community Building Partnership grant.
The not-for-profit organisation joins 17 others sharing in $300,000 from the 2019 round of the program.
Other beneficiaries include the St Vincent de Paul Society, who will receive $30,000 for renewable energy provision at its Matthew Talbot Centre and associated transitional housing properties, and Mayfield United Junior Soccer Football Club who will upgrade their changerooms to be more user-friendly with a $20,000 grant.
“These organisations work hard for their communities, so I’m thrilled that they were successful with their applications,” Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp said.
“It was very competitive process, which only highlights the calibre of the people within these organisations and wonderful contributions they make to Newcastle.”
Newcastle Meals on Wheels General Manager Damien Isaacs said the support was a godsend.
“Our Catering Kitchen pushes out well over 5000 meals a week and that takes a huge toll on our cooking equipment,” he said.
“We plan to upgrade our combi-therm oven and our Hobart mixer with this support, and it is well-timed for us as the pandemic increases dependence on our service and also multiplies the strain on old equipment.
“In order to support the most vulnerable in our community and keep prices affordable, we depend heavily on support like this.”