THERE is no doubting 2020 has been a tough time, but there's still room to be thankful.
This was evident last week in Leeton during National Meals on Wheels Day, which recognises the dedicated volunteer workforce who stepped up to help protect the health and wellbeing of vulnerable Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the health pandemic, the federal government provided vital additional funding which allowed Meals on Wheels services to continue delivering nutritious meals to an increased number of vulnerable members of the community.
In Leeton, Meals on Wheels is co-ordinated by Pinnacle Community Services.
Co-ordinator Tanya Lewis said it had been a busy, but fulfilling year helping senior residents in the community.
"We are so thankful to the government for supporting us during this uncertain time through the increase in funding," she said.
"They recognised and reinforced the essential role our service plays in ensuring food security for people in our community."
As part of National Meals on Wheels Day last week, the tables were turned on the Leeton staff.
They were presented with some bright and beautiful blooms to thank them for their efforts in making sure the service rums smoothly in the shire.
One couple who benefits from the program commented "we certainly appreciate all that the staff give us and the services offered is just wonderful. We get spoiled with generous donated items such as hand sanitiser, masks, homemade scones with jam and cream, cupcakes and it is always delivered with a smile".