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Published on March 12th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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March for Meals Lunch Box Campaign provides meals to seniors in need

COLUMBIA, SC. – The March for Meals Lunch Box Campaign is in full swing and will help provide meals to seniors in need.

During the month of March, restaurants, churches, corporations and individuals will be selling paper lunch boxes for $1.00 (or any amount a donor wishes to give).The paper lunch boxes are symbolic of support of the issue of senior food insecurity in our community, and can also be purchased at the Senior Resources office (2817 Millwood Avenue Columbia, SC 29205). The proceeds will support Senior Resources’ Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals programs. Community support of this campaign will enable us to apply for a grant for up to $10,000 through the Meals On Wheels Association of America to fund our meals programs.

There are many ways an organization can support this fundraising event. Some ideas include:

  • Place collection canisters in your place of business to sell paper lunch boxes through March 31
  • Have classes/groups compete to see who can sell the most lunch boxes and raise the most money
  • Designate one day in March as March for Meals Day and have a special collection that day.
  • Allow a special dress code for everyone who participates that day.

The Lunch Box Fundraiser is held each March as part of the March for Meals campaign to raise funds to provide daily hot, nutritious meals to elderly, frail or handicapped adults in the Midlands, and to raise awareness about the issue of food instability faced by many seniors. The 2015 March for Meals campaign began with the March for Meals 5K on February 21, and continues with the March for Meals Lunch Box Campaign throughout the month of March.  Senior Resources’ March for Meals campaign was selected as the top fundraising event in the nation in 2005 by the Meals On Wheels Association of America when it raised more than $35,000, and is now a nationwide campaign.

If you, your business or your organization would like to play a part in the March for Meals Lunch Box Campaign, please contact Director of Development Debora Lloyd at dlloyd@seniorresourcesinc.org or 803-252-7734 x256.

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.

 

 

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