COLUMBIA, SC – April 20, 2015 – Senior Resources received a $1,912 grant from the Cloak and Sword Fund of the St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Foundation to support the Meals on Wheels program.
The funding will be used to provide hot, daily meals to a senior or disabled adult who is currently on the Meals on Wheels waiting list.
“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,” said Senior Resources Executive Director Pam Dukes. “This grant from the St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Foundation will help us deliver a daily hot meal and the peace of mind that goes with it.”
According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), South Carolina ranks seventh-worst in the nation for food instability among senior citizens. The nutritionally balanced meals delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers provide one-third of the daily nutritional requirements for the homebound seniors. Senior Resources is the only provider of Meals on Wheels in Richland County.
The grant from the St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Foundation supports the mission of the Cloak and Sword Fund to award funding each year to worthy community organizations that are striving to meet the fundamental needs of those in crisis. The St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Foundation is a mission of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church. The Cloak and Sword Fund is one of three funds the foundation supports.
“The Committee commends Senior Resources for working to reduce the waiting list of those who do not yet receive this much needed service,” said Cloak and Sword Chairperson Bobbi Kennedy.
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.