Senior Meals and Masks, a joint collaboration between Senior Resources and the Columbia Housing Authority that provides meals and masks to senior citizen residents on a weekly basis, will now extend through the end of February. This program began in August and provides 323 senior citizens that reside in four housing units through the Columbia Housing Authority with two frozen meals and a supplemental package of milk, fruit and a cookie. The menu is carefully planned by our caterer, Iacafano’s Catering and Food Service, in consultation with a nutritionist, to meet one-third of the daily nutritional needs of senior citizens.
“Seniors continue to be at high risk for adverse health consequences from COVID-19 so it is vitally important to stay vigilant in our response to keep seniors safe and healthy,” said Andrew Boozer, Executive Director of Senior Resources. “We are honored to provide nutritionally-rich, ready to eat meals for the senior residents of Columbia Housing. These meals will help limit trips out to the grocery and provide them with balanced meals to keep them healthy and independent in the midst of a continued pandemic.”
“Columbia Housing is excited to provide its residents in the senior high rises with these nutritious meals and PPE,” said Ivory Mathews, Columbia Housing CEO. “During the COVID pandemic, these extra resources go a long way. This partnership with Senior Resources helps make it possible for us to provide the meals. Our partnerships with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, Latino Communications; and Prisma Health help us replenish our supply of PPE for residents. We value our community partnerships that support our efforts to put our residents first.”
With senior citizens being at the forefront of this worldwide pandemic, the need for services continues to increase. At Senior Resources we are committed to helping as many seniors as possible with emergency food assistance and other support services.
About Columbia Housing Authority: Founded in 1936, Columbia Housing is one of the oldest public housing authorities in the country. Today, serving more than 16,000 residents, Columbia Housing is the largest provider of affordable housing in South Carolina.
About Senior Resources: 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 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. With the support of our staff and volunteers, our services touch the lives of more than 4,000 Midlands residents.
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