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Milford Wessinger Building Better Tomorrows grant provides 1,000 meals
June 17, 2019
Senior Resources received a $7,700 Milford Wessinger Building Better Tomorrows grant to support the Meals on Wheels program. The grant, which is administered by the Central Carolina Community Foundation, will provide more than 1,000 hot, nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors and disabled adults. The meals are delivered to clients’ homes each day by Meals on Wheels volunteers, and they provide one-third of the daily nutritional requirements for these homebound clients.
“Without meal delivery, many of our clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or for medication and household expenses,” said Pam Dukes, Executive Director of Senior Resources. “This gift from the Wessinger family means that we can eliminate that worry for our hungry neighbors.”
According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), South Carolina ranks eighth-worst in the nation for senior citizens who are threatened with food instability. Nearly 17 percent of South Carolina’s senior citizens are threatened with hunger, according to a 2018 report from NFESH. Senior Resources is the only provider of Meals on Wheels services in Richland County.
“The Milford Wessinger Building Better Tomorrows grant supports outstanding organizations providing services to the underserved in Lexington and Richland counties,” states Erin Johnson, Vice President for Community Investment at Central Carolina Community Foundation. “Senior Resource’s Meals on Wheels program is invaluable to our community and provides much-needed support to our elderly and disabled adult population.”
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 and Foster Grandparent programs.
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 lifest