MARKING a significant milestone, the Moe Meals on Wheels team celebrated 50 years of dedicated service on May 22.

During the celebration, attendees listened to a few speeches on the history of the organisation, expressed thanks for the work done, chatted, and, of course, enjoyed a meal with drinks to celebrate.

Starting the event, the president of Moe Meals on Wheels, Beth Cox, shared moments of history with the crowd. Laughter bellowed in the Newborough Hall with Ms Cox telling stories such as Moe Meals on Wheels volunteers jumping fences and the thought of the group operating with tricycles with the load they carry today.

Recognising the invaluable contribution of the daily volunteers, Latrobe City Councillor, Cr Sharon Gibson commended their dedication, acknowledging that she is in awe of the commitment of the Meals on Wheels team.

“I once was given the opportunity to go out and help with the Meals on Wheels, and I will never forget it for many reasons. Our round took a lot longer than normal because we chatted a lot all the way around,” she said.

“‘Thank you’ sounds so little for what you do for our community.”

While sharing her story, Cr Gibson asked how long some have been completing the rounds for Moe Meals on Wheels. Some volunteers have held sway for more than 30 years.

Like all birthdays, cake was shared, cut by centenarian Judy Hall and volunteer Val Duncan, who has been with the service for the longest time out of all volunteers.

Celebrate: Centenarian Judy Hall and Moe Meals on Wheels volunteer Val Duncan cut the 50th anniversary cake. Photograph supplied

Sharing her wisdom, Ms Hall told the crowd that services like Moe Meals on Wheels are worthwhile because loneliness besets many older people.