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Published on September 18th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Rotary Club of Forest Acres awards grant to Meals on Wheels program

COLUMBIA, SC –  Senior Resources received a $2,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Forest Acres to support the Meals on Wheels program.

The funding will be used to provide daily delivery of a hot, nutritionally balanced meal to a homebound senior for a full year. The meals delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers provide one-third of the daily nutritional requirements for the homebound seniors.

“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 generous gift from the Rotary Club of Forest Acres means that we can eliminate that worry for one more hungry senior.”

According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), South Carolina ranks eighth-worst in the nation for food instability among senior citizens. More than 18 percent of South Carolina’s senior citizens are threatened with hunger, according to a 2015 report from NFESH. Senior Resources is the only provider of Meals on Wheels services in Richland County.

“The members of the Forest Acres Rotary Club are happy to be able to raise money to donate to organizations such as Senior Resources to help fund programs like Meals on Wheels,” said Alison Lockhart, chairman of the club’s Funds Distribution Committee. “Thank you to Senior Resources for the service you provide to the senior citizens of our 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.

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