Plea For $80 Million To Keep Feeding Elderly Australians

Meals on Wheels has made a plea for more federal funding, as it seeks to escalate the fight against malnutrition amongst older Australians.

The organisation's president Sharyn Broer said the cash injection would be money well-spent, as it would ensure older people remained in their homes for longer, relieving the demand on the health system.

"Meals on Wheels Australia is calling on the Australian Government to double its investment in meal support through the Commonwealth Home Support Program to make it simpler, fairer and more affordable for older Australians to receive meal services," Broer said.

Malnutrition in older people is both preventable and treatable, yet an astonishing 40 percent of Australians in this demographic are either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.

"This $80 million additional investment means older Australians would pay only for the cost of the ingredients used in their meals, making payments fair and affordable, regardless of which government funding program they are eligible to access or where they live," Broer said.

Each of the 500 Meal on Wheels outlets nation-wide has its own regime for making and delivering food.

The organisation has made meal ideas a bit easier, with the launch of a new online recipe book.

President of the Stafford branch of Meals on Wheels Jack Pool in Brisbane's northern suburbs said the book was a welcome addition to his kitchen.

"This new resource is giving a wider selection of nutritious meals to help the clients live better and know that they can get an assortment of meals," Peel said.

The book includes menu selections such as a sweet potato and carrot soup entrée, a choice of beef and vegetable casserole or oven baked chicken, followed by apple and rhubarb crumble.