COLUMBIA, SC – May 4, 2016 – Senior Resources received a $600 donation from Shandon United Methodist Women to support the Meals on Wheels program. The women’s group also donated non-perishable food items to Senior Resources’ food pantry, which serves seniors who are on the Meals on Wheels waiting list.
“We currently have a waiting list of 300 senior citizens and disabled adults who don’t know whether they will be able to maintain an adequate diet due to financial and transportation constraints,” said Pam Dukes, Executive Director of Senior Resources. “The funding and the donation of items for our food pantry will allow us to serve more hungry seniors in our community.”
With a corps of more than 800 volunteers, the Meals on Wheels program delivers a hot, nutritious meal each day to clients’ homes. The nutritionally balanced meals provide one-third of the daily nutritional requirements for the homebound seniors.
According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), South Carolina ranks eighth-worst in the nation for food instability among senior citizens. The Meals on Wheels program delivers a hot meal that provides one-third of the daily nutritional requirements for the homebound seniors. Senior Resources is the only provider of Meals on Wheels in Richland County.
“Eighteen percent of the seniors in our community suffer from food instability, meaning they are not able to afford and access food on a consistent basis,” Dukes said. “This grant from the Shandon United Methodist Women will help us deliver a daily hot meal and the peace of mind that goes with it.”
About Senior Resources, Inc.
Senior Resources is a non-profit organization that coordinates services, provides resources and encourages the personal choices that allow Columbia’s senior citizens to remain independent. All activities, services and programs of the agency are geared toward promoting independent living, with the goal of helping seniors remain in their homes as long as possible through the support of staff and volunteers, and delaying or preventing institutionalization.
Since 1967, Senior Resources has served Columbia’s frail and elderly residents in three areas:
1) In-home services, including Meals on Wheels, home care, respite care, senior companion services, and case management;
2) Community-based services, including congregate meals, wellness centers, transportation, and physical fitness;
3) Volunteer services, including the Senior Companion program, Foster Grandparent program, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
With local, state and federal government funding, as well as contributions from United Way, personal donations and fundraising activities, Senior Resources offers a variety of programs so that our clients can select the assistance they need to maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle.