International Paper supports Meals on Wheels and Wellness Centers through monetary donations and acts of service

Samantha Cook (center), communications manager of International Paper's Eastover Mill, presents a check to Anne Shissias (left), Senior Resources' Director of In-Home and Community-Based Services, and Pam Dukes (right) Senior Resources' Executive Director. The $5,000 grant will provide Meals on Wheels service to home-bound seniors and disabled adults in lower Richland County.

COLUMBIA, SC – December 11, 2017 – International Paper recently awarded Senior Resources a grant of $5,000 in support of the agency’s Meals on Wheels program. Meals on Wheels delivers a hot, nutritionally balanced meal each day to home-bound seniors and disabled adults in Richland County. The donation from International Paper will provide more than 670 meals in the coming year to home-bound residents of lower Richland County, where International Paper has a facility.

“With the help of hundreds of volunteers, we pack and deliver more than 400 hot meals a day to our elderly and disabled neighbors,” said Senior Resources’ Executive Director Pam Dukes. “But we still have more than 100 potential clients on our waiting list. This donation from International Paper will help us serve some of those waiting for meals in lower Richland County.”

International Paper also has a longstanding tradition of hosting a holiday party for clients of Senior Resources’ Wellness Center in the Eastover community. It is one of four Wellness Centers operated by Senior Resources, where seniors can spend each day doing crafts, playing games, participating in exercise classes, visiting with their friends, and enjoying a hot lunch.

This year, on Friday, December 15, International Paper’s employees will provide a meal, sing holiday songs and play games with the clients, and give each Wellness Center participant a Walmart gift card. Eastover Mayor Geraldene Robinson and Santa Claus will also participate in the festivities.

“Our Eastover Mill is dedicated to making a difference in the Midlands. We are proud to partner with Meals on Wheels and the Eastover Wellness Center throughout the year but especially during the holiday season, to provide food and fellowship for our seniors and those who need us.” International Paper Eastover Mill Manager Hai Ninh said. “We strive to be a force for good by mobilizing our people, products and resources to address critical needs in 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 the need for institutionalized care.

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 and Foster Grandparent programs.

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 International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and Wellness; papers that facilitate education and communication; and paper bags, cups and food containers that provide convenience and portability. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 55,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2016 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.