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Big Lots donates to Meals on Wheels
March 19, 2018
Senior Resources received a $5,000 grant from Big Lots to support the Meals on Wheels program.
The funding will be used to provide delivery of 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. The grant will provide nearly 680 meals.
“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 Big Lots means that we can eliminate that worry for our hungry neighbors.”
According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), South Carolina ranks fourth-worst in the nation for food instability among senior citizens. Nearly 20 percent of South Carolina’s senior citizens are threatened with hunger, according to a 2017 report from NFESH. Senior Resources is the only provider of Meals on Wheels services in Richland County.
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 lifestyle.