Queensland Meals on Wheels Services Ltd is the peak body representing and promoting the interests of Meals on Wheels services across Queensland.
The Association was formed in June 1967 and since its inception the membership base has increased from 34 in 1977 to its current membership of 145 (2016). Approximately 75% of our affiliated member services have been operational in their community for more than 20 years.
Queensland Meals on Wheels provides a wide range of practical support services and resources to our Members including:
- Support Manuals and updates
- Food Safety Project support
- Administration helpdesk
- Policies and procedures to aid service compliance with the National Service Standards
- Lobbying government at State and Commonwealth level
- Nutritional Advice
- Sector specific training
- Conferences, forums, seminars, workshops, networking
Queensland Meals on Wheels relies on donations, fundraising, bequests, membership fees from local Meals on Wheels Services and investments made over many years to supplement government funding received through Government funded Projects to allow us to provide our Members with the support they need.
Queensland Meals on Wheels Ltd is:
- A Registered Deductible Gift Recipient
- A registered Income Tax Exempt organisation
- Has a registered constitution with the Department of Justice Incorporation Number - IA1025 registered on 31 July 1985
- The current constitution, that is, the amendment to the Rules of Queensland Meals on Wheels Services Association incorporated (Constitution), registered 12 July 2016
- Registered for GST - ABN 63 104 919 974
Who Runs Meals On Wheels?
Most Meals on Wheels Services in Queensland are run by local management committees, made up of volunteers from the community. In some areas, the local hospital is the administrator of the Meals on Wheels service.
The Australian Government and the Queensland Government assumes some cost assistance for Meals on Wheels services by way of the block funding and also growth funding. The current meal subsidy received by a Meals on Wheels service is $7.61 per delivered meal. The greatest resource in the cost of meals is the contribution of many thousands of volunteers. The combination of volunteers, government assistance, fee paid by the client and the wonderful community support, meets the running costs of the service. Such support demonstrates that Meals on Wheels is truly a community service.