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Published on October 16th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Senior Resources broadens its reach to feed seniors in aftermath of floods

COLUMBIA, SC – Senior Resources will deliver non-perishable food to local seniors who have been affected by the flooding in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin.

The agency is collecting food items that are easy for seniors to open, easy to chew, and do not require heating or refrigeration. Examples include ready-to-eat cans of pasta, tuna or soup that have pull-tab tops, chewy granola bars or cereal bars, powdered milk or juice boxes.

Donations are being accepted at Senior Resources’ office at 2817 Millwood Ave. in Columbia. Gas station gift cards and monetary donations are also requested to help offset the cost of delivery. Monetary donations can be made online at seniorresourcesinc.org/donate-now.

“We were able to provide for all our Meals on Wheels clients during the flooding with a combination of hot, frozen and shelf-stable meals,” said Pam Dukes, Senior Resources Executive Director. “Now, in the coming weeks, we would like to expand our reach to serve seniors who might not need ongoing meal service, but could use some help as they recover from the flood.”

Seniors age 55 or older, or their caregivers, can request food delivery by calling Senior Resources at 803-252-7734. Volunteers will be needed to sort, package and deliver the food later this week. Volunteers can sign up by calling 803-252-7734 or emailing info@seniorresourcesinc.org.

“South Carolina ranks 8th-worst in the nation when it comes to food insecurity among seniors,” Dukes said. “While we are always working hard to serve our senior population, it’s more critical in a time of crisis that we work together to meet the needs of this vulnerable population.”

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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