A program that has provided more than 3000 meals to vulnerable people in the Warrnambool community during COVID-19 will continue for another three months.

Tasty Plate is preparing and delivering meals to people in need through local support organisations.

The program is coordinated by Brophy Family and Youth Services and has been supported by the Alan Lane Foundation, Thomas O’Toole Foundation, Gall Family Foundation, the A & H Graham Foundation, and WRAD.

Brophy Family and Youth Services CEO Francis Broekman said this support meant meal deliveries could continue during the second wave of the virus.

“The program started because were worried about vulnerable clients being able to access meals, particularly homeless people when community kitchens were closed,” he said.

“We were able to provide them with food from Food Share but with the support of the philanthropic trusts Tasty Plate could cook and deliver meals.

“With this second wave, we have support from the trusts and a contribution from WRAD so the meals can continue for another three months.”

Clients of Brophy Family and Youth Services, Bethany Community Support, Gunditjmara, Salvo Connect Warrnambool, WRAD, MacKillop Family Services, Mpower, Warrnambool City Council Family Services, and Emma House can be assessed for meals support.

More than 330 of the meals have been distributed to WRAD clients and clinical coordinator Chris Kendall said they were greatly appreciated.

“These are tough times and WRAD works with clients who have complex health needs that make them vulnerable to COVID-19, meaning they may not be able to go to the supermarket,” Mr Kendall said.

“We have arranged for Tasty Plate to deliver meals to people in a vulnerable situation and they have been terrific,” he said.

“The general consensus among clients is that the meals are delicious and a service like this shows that community spirit is alive and well during the coronavirus.”