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Meals on Wheels- Longford was founded as part of Co. Longford Social Services in 1971, by the late Sr. Calasanctius, then Matron of St Joseph's Care Centre, Longford and Dr. Gerard McDonagh, then Medical Officer to the hospital. The first deliveries were made on 11th November that year to eleven service users mostly living alone in the uran area. As the service expanded throughout the county, Mr. Derek Cobbe, then Editor of the Longford News, was instrumental in mobilising the children of Longford to save and collect monies and from the funds raised, the first mobile kitchen was purchased. It was unique, as it was the first of its kind in Ireland and further saving by the youth of Longford saw Meals on Wheels with a second mobile unit shortly afterwards. Noel Hanlon was the initiator of the cookers for these kitchens, the late Sr. Bonaventure was the first volunteer and the late Pat Hourican was one of its first drivers.

The first council, elected on 30th September 1971 were:
Padraic Gearty - Chairman  (and remained so for forty years)
Tom Waldron - Vice Charman
Peg O'Halloran - Secretary
Nina Martin - Treasurer

In 2014, we opened a new kitchen at the rear of Harmony House Community Centre with the aid of a grant received from Pobal. This was necessary to help with the recent reduction to the grant from the H.S.E. Bishop Colm O’Reilly blessed it together with our new Shop ‘Change of A Dress’ on Dublin Street.

Today's committee consists of:
Donie Murtagh - Director/ Chairperson
Dennis Hughes - Director/ Vice Chairperson
Mary Brennan - Director
Sean Reilly - Director
Elaine Keogh - Secretary
Anne Treacy - Treasurer
Michelle Carrig - Member
Margaret Devine - Member
Maureen Drumm - Member
Bernie Hagan - Member
Annette McDonald - Member
Lily McGuiness - Member
PJ McManus - Member

Pictured below is the first mobile unit purchased for Meals on Wheels by the children of Longford who were motivated by Mr. Derek Cobbe

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Meals delivered from 1975 - December 2018

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