Published on June 26th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Aflac donation supports Senior Resources’ Meals on Wheels program
Pictured: Deidre Hinson (left), Senior HR Business Partner for Aflac, presents a check for $16,500 to Senior Resources staff members Stephanie Sears-Keene, Anne Shissias and Daniel Casillas. The grant will provide Meals on Wheels service for one year to eight local home-bound seniors and disabled adults.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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.”
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.