Moree on a Plate dishes up donations to Meals on Wheels and Moree Men’s Shed

MOREE on a Plate again proved it is the local event that just keeps on giving, with the popular food and wine festival recently donating funds to two Moree community groups.

Meals on Wheels and the Moree Men’s Shed each received $2500 thanks to fundraising efforts from a raffle conducted by Moree on a Plate.

Each year a raffle is run, with an impressive bounty on offer thanks to generous donations from local businesses.

Moree on a Plate president Bethany Kelly explained that the committee nominates a local organisation prior to the festival, and that this year it was decided to support both Meals on Wheels and The Men’s Shed.

“It was just too hard to choose one,” Mrs Kelly admits, adding that both organisations provide a valuable service to the community.

Moree Men’s Shed members Ron Baker and Peter Sampson with Moree on a Plate President Bethany Kelly and Michelle Harrison from Moree Meals on Wheels.

Moree Aged and Disability Services’ Rachel Egan thanked Moree on a Plate for its generous donation of $2500 to Meals on Wheels, saying the funds would go towards the purchase of meal delivery containers and specialised staff training.

“Living in an outer regional area, it can be costly for our staff to access appropriate training that ensures we maintain our high standards for health and safety, and that we continue to meet strict government compliance standards,” Ms Egan said.

Moree Men’s Shed President Peter Sampson said he could not stress enough how appreciative the local organisation was for the $2500 donation.

“It’s been spent very wisely and has gone a long way in ensuring our group continues to service not only the community, but provide companionship, support and activities for men in the district,” Mr Sampson said.

With Moree on a Plate financially supported almost entirely from the generosity of local business houses, Mrs Kelly said that funds from the raffle were always donated back to the community.

“We are so grateful to our fantastic local businesses that support our event, and the beautiful donations we receive for the raffle. It’s nice to be able to give back each year to a meaningful service that benefits our town,” Mrs Kelly said.

Special thanks were also extended to Grove Juice, which donated $761 to the fundraiser – the local juice company’s entire takings from the festival.

“It’s this sort of selfless generosity that makes our community such a delight,” Mrs Kelly said.

On Saturday, September 8, Moree on a Plate will hold its annual Long Lunch in the grounds of B&W Rural.

While tickets have all sold out, there is a waiting list via trybooking, for those still hoping to attend.

To register your name on the waiting list, visit

Words and Image: Georgina Poole