Meals on Wheels New South Wales


60 years young and still growing

Meals on Wheels originated in Britain during the Second World War assisting frail older people who wanted to stay in their own homes, but who needed help to do so.
In Australia, Meals on Wheels started in 1952 in South Melbourne. A lady on a tricycle delivered the meals. When it became too much for her, the Red Cross took over.
In March 1957 Sydney City Council started Meals on Wheels in NSW. In the first week 150 meals were cooked in the Town Hall for inner city dwellers. The cost of the meal then was two shillings, which is approximately 20 cents today.

* Pictured - Sydney Town Hall courtesy of the City of Sydney Archives.