COLUMBIA, SC – Senior Resources received a $3,000 grant from the Food Lion FEEDS Charitable Foundation to support the Meals on Wheels program. The funds will provide approximately 400 meals to hungry seniors and disabled adults.
“This support will help us meet the basic human needs of seniors who aren’t able to maintain an adequate diet due to financial and transportation constraints,” said Pam Dukes, Executive Director of Senior Resources. “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.”
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.
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 18 percent of South Carolina’s senior citizens are threatened with hunger, according to a 2017 report from NFESH.
Established in 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants.
“Part of our mission is to eliminate hunger wherever it exists in our community,” said Greg Lee, general manager of the Harden Street Food Lion store in Columbia. “We are proud to partner with Senior Resources to ensure that our elderly neighbors are getting the sustenance they need.”