Army shares a meal with the community

Army soldier Lance Corporal Brendan Thompson helps deliver food with Meals on Wheels volunteer Bobbie Hancock in Mitchelton, Brisbane. Photo: Major Anna-Lise Brink

Army shares a meal with the community

Brisbane residents received a nice surprise when the Army arrived at their doorstep with food from Meals on Wheels.  

Soldiers from 7th Combat Service Support Battalion’s 5th Transport Squadron have been on daily meal runs for the charity’s Mitchelton branch, delivering goods using Army G Wagons.

Troop Commander Lieutenant Matthew Sanderson said all soldiers involved enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community.

“It’s really good for our soldiers to get out and support the community, especially after a very busy year,” Lieutenant Sanderson said.

“The recipients were very surprised seeing soldiers delivering Meals on Wheels, but it’s been good.”

Meals on Wheels is a charity that relies on volunteers to deliver food to the elderly, disabled, injured and others needing assistance.

Mitchelton Meals on Wheels President Ralph Davies said he was delighted when 7th Combat Service Support Battalion approached the organisation with an offer of assistance.

“It’s wonderful and a first. I’ve been here for more than 25 years and it’s the first time the Army has come to offer help,” he said.

“It’s a different experience that not only the Army is getting, but also Mitchelton Meals on Wheels is getting, which we’re very appreciative of.”

Mr Davies said the recipients have also enjoyed the novelty and experience of having the Army involved.

Lieutenant Sanderson and Mr Davies hope the relationship will continue.

“We’re currently doing it over the month of October, but we’re looking to make it an annual thing with 5th Transport Squadron,” Lieutenant Sanderson said.

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