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Meals on Wheels award

Mazal Tov COA

"We are sincerely grateful to all donors to this project. .. who have been beyond generous in their support," CEO Rachel Tanny said.

COA Sydney has won a NSW Meals on Wheels Innovation Award for its COA Fresh initiative.

“COA is honoured to have been recognised for this award for our innovative COA Fresh service,” said CEO Rachel Tanny.

“We see every challenge as an opportunity and the COA Fresh program was born out of the COVID pandemic. We are sincerely grateful to all donors to this project, and especially to Peter and Jenny Wohl and family, who have been beyond generous in their support.

“We’re also so blessed to have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who worked hard to make this program come together and ensure it continues to run smoothly every week. It is an absolute privilege to be able to serve the most vulnerable in our community in this way.”

In its citation for the award, Meals on Wheels NSW said, “COA Fresh went from an idea to action within two weeks of the first lockdown in 2020, when COVID lockdowns saw frail aged people unable and unwilling to attend shopping centres.

“The initiative was so successful that more volunteers were soon needed, so community organisations and synagogues put the word out for them, and they very quickly got the volunteers they required.”

With support from Harris Farm Markets, Patrick’s of Bellevue Hill, Oz Harvest, Good 360, and cash donations, COA began delivering a free bag of basic fruit and vegetables plus other household items such as toothbrushes, disinfectants, toilet paper, hand sanitiser and soap.

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