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Published on April 20th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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SCE&G provides generous support to Meals on Wheels

Pictured left to right are Senior Resources Director of In-Home and Community-Based Services Anne Shissias, and Executive Director Pam Dukes; Senior Resources board members Patti Addison and Gregory Tucker; SCANA Supervisor of Corporate Philanthropy Stephanie Jones; and Iris Griffin, treasurer for the Senior Resources Board of Directors, and Director of Auditing Services and Corporate Compliance for SCANA.

COLUMBIA, SC – Senior Resources received a $10,000 grant from SCE&G to support the Meals on Wheels program. The funding will provide more than 1,400 meals to homebound elderly and disabled residents of Richland County.

“We currently have a waiting list of senior citizens and disabled adults who don’t know whether they will be able to maintain an adequate diet due to financial and transportation constraints,” said Pam Dukes, Executive Director of Senior Resources. “In the face of rising costs and funding cuts, this generous gift from SCE&G will allow us to serve more hungry seniors in our community.”

SCE&G officials recently presented a $10,000 donation to Senior Resources in support of Meals on Wheels. Pictured left to right are Senior Resources Director of In-Home irector Pam Dukes; Senior Resources board members Patti Addison and Gregory Tucker; SCANA Supervisor of Corporate Philanthropy Stephanie Jones; and Iris Griffin, treasurer for the Senior Resources Board of Directors, and Director of Auditing Services and Corporate Compliance for SCANA.

According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH), South Carolina ranks seventh-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 2014 report from NFESH.

Senior Resources is the only provider of Meals on Wheels in Richland County. With a corps of more than 800 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 seniors.
“SCE&G is proud to support such a worthwhile program that provides a warm meal and helps keep local senior citizens healthy and safe throughout the year,” said Stephanie Jones, supervisor of corporate philanthropy at SCANA. “We’re also proud of our employees who regularly volunteer to deliver meals as a part of the program.”

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.

About SCE&G

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 688,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 338,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.

Through the support of various philanthropic efforts and employees who provide support through volunteer efforts and financial resources, SCE&G is committed to making a positive difference in the communities we serve – including efforts to support families and individuals of all ages through educational, environmental, healthcare, arts/culture, and community/civic initiatives across South Carolina.

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