COLUMBIA, S.C. Senior Resources today announced that the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation has received a donation in the amount of $2,000 to help feed local neighbors in their time of need and serve the increased demand for home-delivered meals service in our community. Senior Resources will use the gift to support its Meals on Wheels program and ongoing efforts to eliminate hunger among seniors in the community. The funding will provide approximately 246 nutritionally-balanced meals to local Meals on Wheels clients. The meals are delivered to clients’ homes each day by Meals on Wheels volunteers, and they provide one-third of the daily nutritional requirements for these homebound clients.
"Unfortunately, food insecurity and isolation are a daily struggle for many homebound seniors in our community,” said Andrew Boozer, Executive Director of Senior Resources. “Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation's donation is helping make sure seniors in need have not only nutritious meals but also daily interaction with our volunteers who deliver meals to their doorsteps. This combination of nutrition and socialization is critical to seniors remaining in their own homes as they age. We are thankful for this continued support to keep seniors healthy and independent.”
Senior Resources provides a continuum of services to the community, from delivering hot and frozen meals to the doorsteps of over 600 elderly and disabled residents of Richland County through Meals on Wheels, to providing door-to-door transportation to doctor appointments and other medical-related trips through Senior Wheels. The programs strive to provide services and resources that support aging in place. As the only provider of Meals on Wheels in Richland County, the program is committed to providing elderly neighbors the services they need to remain independent and healthy. The daily meal delivery from Meals on Wheels volunteers also serves as a wellness check and helps address the social isolation many clients feel. The meal delivered by volunteers is often the only meal of the day for Meals on Wheels clients.
This donation from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation will allow Senior Resources to continue to fulfill the increased volume of meal deliveries and provide an environment to sustain this increase in demand.
The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting families facing food insecurity across its 10-state footprint. Established in 2001, the foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding local neighbors in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants.
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.
The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C. Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to eliminating hunger. The charitable foundation has provided more than $15 million in grant funding helping to nourish communities with fresh food for backpack programs, Kids Café's, and other hunger-relief programs as well as funding for long-term programs to help shorten the lines at food banks. The charitable foundation partners with Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief agency, in addition to local food agencies serving the 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states in which Food Lion operates. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com/in-our-community.
About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,100 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 82,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness, and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has donated more than 500 million meals to individuals and families since 2014, and has committed to donate 1 billion more meals by 2025. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com or job applicants may visit www.foodlion.com/careers.
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