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March 22, 2018
Senior Resources received a $2,900 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 nearly 400 hot, daily meals to home-bound seniors and disabled adults in the Midlands.
“Almost 20 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 fourth-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 Foundation is a 45-year old perpetual trust of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church. Awards are made each spring from the Foundation’s Cloak & Sword Fund in honor of Martin of Tours and his lifelong work with the needy. This year, the foundation awarded 17 grants to local non-profit agencies, totaling $33,000.
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.Back to All News & Blog