Tipperary’s Meals on Wheels has been in operation since January 1970 and was originally operated from a classroom in St. Anne’s School. The idea of the Meals on Wheels was put forward by Sr. Ursula of the Mercy Order who came as a Social Worker to the town at that time. According to those involved in the beginning, Sr. Ursula put forward the idea as she felt there was a need in the town for this kind of service from her own visits to homes in the community. As a consequence she brought a number of people from the town together from different organisations such as the St. Vincent de Paul, Legion of Mary and others whom she felt would be interested in this work. Following this, an in depth survey was carried out. The group then made contact with Meals on Wheels Groups in Cashel, Clonmel and Carrick on Suir to examine the practicalities of running such an operation. When all this preparatory work was completed Tipperary’s Meals on Wheels took to the road in January 1970.
In 1973 the Community Council were presented with the current Community Services building on St. Michael’s Street, by the late Archdeacon Frank Ryan. The building had previously been home to the Boys and Girls National School, which now had a new home further up the street. Mr. Fitzgerald explained that FAS were then brought in to help renovate and adapt the building to cater for the needs of the Community Council. The Community Council provides a number of services to the community from this building with its main focus on care for the elderly of Tipperary town. It was about this time that the Meals on Wheels made their home in the building and so all the services were available under one roof.
Delivered daily to recepients between 11.45a.m. and 2.30p.m.
It is €20 per week. Menu similar to restaurant (below)
Confined to older people, unemployed and people with disabilities
Menu: lunch, soup, desert €7
Tea, coffee and scones 75c each
All food is home cooked daily in our kitchens by our chef
Collection of clothing during delivery of meal, returned in the same manner
Charge: €5 for small bag; €10 for large bag
FOOD AID for Deprived persons will be introduced at later date by DSP
(see Centre’s notice Board)