Putting the funding wheels in motion

Swan Hill's Hilder Coster enjoyed a lunch on Wednesday as part of the Meals on Wheels program. Picture: PETER BANNAN

Swan Hill's Hilder Coster enjoyed a lunch on Wednesday as part of the Meals on Wheels program. Picture: PETER BANNAN

As Hilder Coster sits in her Swan Hill kitchen enjoying a hearty lunch, photographs featuring her six sons and their respective families are proudly displayed nearby.

However, Ms Coster's sons do not reside in country Victoria and therefore the 98-year-old is reliant on volunteers to deliver her five nutritional meals a week as part of the Meals on Wheels program. 

"The government needs to look after us elderly people," Ms Coster said.

"They should increase their funding contribution to help offset the costs for us.

"I don't think I could live independently without it." 

Ms Coster is one of 200 residents in the Swan Hill municipality to receive hot meals. 

To read more of this story, grab a copy of Friday's Guardian (April 21). 

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