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Forest Acres Rotary Club makes donation to Meals on Wheels
November 20, 2018
Senior Resources was one of several community organizations that received grant funding from the Rotary Club of Forest Acres at a recent meeting.
Senior Resources received a $1,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Forest Acres to support the Meals on Wheels program.
The funding will be used to provide approximately 130 hot, nutritionally balanced meals to home-bound 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 home-bound 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 Rotary Club of Forest Acres 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.
“Our motto is Service Above Self, and we feel strongly that by donating to organizations such as Senior Resources, we are extending our reach into the community,” said club President Margaret-Ann Ashburn. “We’re proud to partner with Senior Resources to provide support to our seniors and disabled adults in need.”
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