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June 23, 2017
Aflac has awarded a grant in the amount of $16,500 to Senior Resources to provide Meals on Wheels service to elderly and disabled residents of Richland County. The funding will allow Senior Resources to provide meal delivery service to eight clients for a full year.
With a corps of more than 300 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 clients. Senior Resources is the only provider of Meals on Wheels in Richland County.
“This support from Aflac will go a long way in meeting the basic human needs of our elderly and disabled neighbors,” said Senior Resources Executive Director Pam Dukes. “In most cases, the meal our volunteers deliver is the only meal of the day for the clients we serve. Without meal delivery, many of our clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or for medication and household expenses.”
According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), South Carolina ranks fourth-worst in the nation for food instability among senior citizens. More than 19 percent of South Carolina’s senior citizens are threatened with hunger, according to a 2016 report from NFESH.
“Aflac is pleased to continue supporting this valuable organization that directly benefits seniors who rely on these vital resources to maintain the healthy lifestyles they deserve,” said Virgil Miller, senior vice president and Chief Administration Officer at Aflac. “Aflac is committed to working with local organizations like Senior Resources to enhance the quality of life in the Richland County community.”