Senior Resources has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation 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 our Meals on Wheels program and our ongoing efforts to eliminate hunger among seniors in our community. The funding will provide approximately 384 nutritionally balanced meals to our 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 home-bound clients.
“This support will help us meet the basic needs of homebound seniors who are not able to sustain a healthy and nutritious diet,” said Andrew Boozer, Executive Director of Senior Resources.” In many cases, the meal our volunteers deliver is the only meal of the day for the seniors we serve. The support of the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation means that seniors in our community will have the nutrition they need to stay healthy in their own homes.”
As the only provider of Meals on Wheels in Richland County, Senior Resources has experienced a 233% increase in home-delivered meals since the outbreak of the pandemic and has provided 518,099 meals (706% meal increase) when including emergency meals. Our Meals on Wheels program is delivering over 400 hot meals each day and 200 frozen meals weekly to seniors in need. In addition to meeting the nutritional needs of home-bound seniors, our Meals on Wheels program also addresses the social isolation felt by many of our clients now more than ever. 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 allow us 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.
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 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.
About The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation
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.