History

In l988, Margaretha Hanen - Ethnic Consultant for the Office of the Commissioner for the Ageing prepared a discussion paper about developing food services for South Australia’s multicultural and ageing population.

In 1998 after a decade of lobbying, funding was allocated by the Office of the Ageing to Multicultural Aged Care (MAC) for a culturally appropriate meal service that would assist people to remain living in their own homes.

In 1999 PISA’s forerunner, the Italian Meal Service, was established under the auspice of Multicultural Aged Care (MAC) with funding provided by the Home and Community Care (HACC) program. The Executive Team, consisted of Franca Antonello, Silvio Iaderola and Gosia Skalban who wrote the organisation’s first policies which guided its operations.

At this time meals were purchased from the St Hilarion Aged Care Facility to serve clients in the Western and Southern suburbs and the Italian Benevolent Foundation to serve clients in the Eastern suburbs. They were delivered by volunteers who were familiar with the Italian culture and language.

In 2004 the Italian Meal Service separated from MAC and became an incorporated independent body. It took the trading name PISA, which is an abbreviation of: Pasti Italiani e Servizi per Anziani and became responsible for them management of its own finances and reporting mechanisms.

At this time PISA moved to its premises at Firle where it has a fully functioning kitchen that enabled it to begin cooking its own authentic Italian meals and begin to serve clients in Adelaide’s North-Eastern suburbs.

In 2011, PISA forfilled its strategic plan by opening another kitchen/café at Torrensville. We operated out of the 2 kitchens for a period of 5 years.

In 2017, PISA amalgamated the services into a brand new kitchen at 12 Hardy Street Royal Park. We have satalight drop of points where volunteers meet to pick up the eskies for delivery to clients.

We look forward to the future and the continued success of PISA, Delivering on Meals & Expectations.