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Government Grant Equals New Bus!

Nepean Food Services (NFS) will help support more people in the community after receiving a Community Building Partnership Grant from the NSW Government.

Tanya Davies with the Nepean Food Services team this week.

The $30,000 grant has allowed the organisation to purchase a new bus to strengthen its seniors social support programs.

NFS General Manager Ditte Kozak said the Meals on Wheels and outings programs are vital to support people over 65-years-old who are at risk of being isolated.

“Before COVID on average we delivered 55,000 meals per year and transported 500 clients for 17,000 hours of social support,” she said.

“A lot of these people are socially isolated at home, so we pick them up and let them enjoy a meal together, which gives them a chance to chat and make connections.”

Ms Kozak said the programs are key factors to contribute to healthy ageing.

“They buy a voucher and then we take them for a meal at our partnering clubs or our three community restaurants, and we also have our men’s club that meets twice a month,” she said.

“There is evidence that social inclusion and access to supportive social networks improves good mental health and ageing, so we really try to promote that.”

While the bus outings have been suspended due to COVID-19, Mz Kozak said the new bus will be beneficial for when they start back up again.

“We get lots of referrals from the My Aged Care government initiative, so we have about 40 people waiting to come on for social support,” she said.

“Tanya Davies told us about applying for the grant and receiving it was amazing because we were able to buy another bus, which will be so helpful with the demand – especially when we resume services.”

Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies, who attended NFS this week, said she was thrilled they received the grant.

“Nepean Food Services provides an invaluable service to the community,” she said.

“I am pleased to announce this funding for a new bus for Nepean Food Services in order that they can help more people in the community.”

(Article is taken from the Western Weekender - Friday, October 30, 2020.

Written by Emily Feszczuk)

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