We provide a Meals on Wheels delivery service to people who are unable to cook for themselves.  

Our meal delivery service helps provide a healthy meal every weekday to people all around Aotearoa New Zealand. In the last year, we delivered over 700,000 meals.  

Each week day we have 250 of our volunteer drivers out on the roads. They’re delivering hot lunches to people who have a disability or ongoing health problems which means they have difficulty preparing a meal for themselves. 

We’ve been delivering Meals on Wheels since the 1950’s. More than a food delivery service, we provide regular social contact to our clients and an opportunity for someone to check that everything is OK.   

Urgent need for Meals on Wheels volunteers

Our volunteers are the backbone of this service and we couldn’t continue deliveries without them. We need your help.  

We have a shortage of volunteers and a critical need to make sure we increase the number of drivers in the following areas: 

South Auckland 

  • South Auckland. We need 70 volunteer drivers for delivery runs in Māngere, Mangere Bridge, Mangere East, Papatoetoe, Ōtahuhu and Mt Wellington (meal pick-up point is Middlemore Hospital). 

       Apply in South Auckland


  • Hastings. We need 5-10 drivers for delivery runs in Hastings (meal pick-up point is Hawke's Bay Hospital). 

       Apply in hastings

Meals on Wheels volunteer tasks  

Most of our drivers deliver meals once a week every two weeks, however shifts are flexible.  As a volunteer you would:  

  • need your own car and valid driver’s licence 
  • start your shift between 10:30am and 12pm. 
  • pick up meals in your car.  
  • deliver meals to people and have a brief chat at the door.   
  • go home feeling good that you’ve helped someone out today. 

Apply to become a Meals on Wheels volunteer  

Our role at New Zealand Red Cross is to coordinate volunteers to deliver the meals. Please consider becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, especially if you live in the areas of greatest need identified on this page 

Apply to be a Meals on Wheels volunteer

What our volunteers say about Meals on Wheels 

Kay and her daughter Karan both volunteer in Auckland and have done for many years.  Kay says “I’d say to anyone, if you want to give back to your community and get enjoyment – become a Meals on Wheels volunteer. The look on people’s faces when you turn up with a smile and the meal is really something. There’s time pressure to complete our run but we also always try to chat for a few minutes to those who really want to talk.” 

Lindsay Sowman is a volunteer in Christchurch. He says, “It’s a pleasurable thing to do in itself but also a sense of satisfaction that comes from making a contribution to something that’s bigger than me.”  

For more information 

Please see:  

  • Our recent story about volunteers Karan and her mum Kay and why they continue to deliver Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels volunteering runs through generations 

  • Our video of volunteer Lindsay Sowman delivering Meals on Wheels to Mrs Frances Myatt.

Watch the video of Lindsay 

  • Call us on 0800 REDCROSS to find our more about volunteering as a MoW driver.