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‘Meals on Wheels’ calling for urgent government funding in next budget

Charity program Meals on Wheels says it needs crucial federal funding in next month’s budget.

The service is also warning aged-care reforms could threaten to turn away many of its 75,000 volunteers.

President of the organisation Nelson Mathews has told 3AW’s Tony Jones, it’s a vital service which provides more than 10,000,000 hot meals a year to more than 120,000 older Australians.

‘We’ve haven’t had any growth funding for a long time,’ Mr Mathews told 3AW Mornings. 

‘When I say funding, the federal government provides a very small contribution to Meals on Wheels.’

‘We’re asking for $5,000,000 to help relieve the strain and to make sure we don’t pass on any costs to consumers.’

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