In a bid to continue to support those who support others, Mudgee CWA Evening branch have donated $1,000 to the We Care Community Shop and their senior meals program.
The coronavirus pandemic exposed a group of community members who are going without meals for We Care Community Shop's manager, Donna Collins so she and her team decided to do something about it.
"When we first went into lock down, we found a lot of our seniors in their late 70s, early 80s had no way of getting to the shops or weren't comfortable going, so we started supplying them with seven nutritional meals for dinner," Donna said.
"We use youfoodz which is delivered from Dubbo every Wednesday to their front doors. This way they have access to hot, healthy dinners every night without having to go out.
"Some of them are looking so much healthier because they're having these nutritious healthy meals, it's an awesome program.
"We currently have eight that we're supporting and we're trying to keep the program going as long as we can but sadly, it is starting to add up on average eighteen hundred dollars a month."
Once the Mudgee CWA Evening branch heard of Donna and her team's efforts, secretary Barbara Gow said it was something the community group were eager to support.
"We heard that the Community Shop was providing meals for vulnerable seniors and felt that the CWA Evening branch was in a position to help with a donation," she said.
"I think that with the COVID situation, there are a number of older people in the community who are staying at home and not feeding themselves properly. The Community Shop has seen a need and is helping them out.
"Most of the community would not know that these people are vulnerable, however Donna seems to be able to find them and help."
Donna said the donation will do wonders, especially given the volatile situation the Community Shop were put in as a result of the pandemic.
"When we went into lockdown there was a chance the shop wouldn't reopen and then CWA came to our aid so we could continue to support our seniors," she said.
"Now again with limited hours, money is not flowing through the shop as quick as it could be so the extra thousand dollars from the CWA will help keep the program going, it's fantastic."
For anyone who would like to assist with the senior meals program, the best way to do so is by donating items to the We Care Community Shop to encourage further cash flow which will ultimately result in assisting with programs.