Senior Resources recently received a boost in its efforts to combat hunger with a $2,500 grant from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation.

The money will allow the agency to deliver more than 325 meals to homebound seniors through its Meals on Wheels program.

“We currently have about 200 seniors on our waiting list who don’t know whether they will be able to maintain an adequate diet due to financial and transportation constraints,” said Pam Dukes, Senior Resources executive director. “In the face of rising costs and funding cuts, this generous gift from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation will allow us to serve more hungry seniors in our community.”

The Meals on Wheels program has 1,000 regular volunteers and delivers hot, nutritious meals each day to clients’ homes.

“In most cases, the meal our volunteers deliver is the only meal of the day for the seniors we serve,” Dukes said. “Without meal delivery, many of our clients would be forced to choose between paying for food, or for medication and household expenses.”

South Carolina ranks 10th-worst in the nation for food instability among senior citizens, according to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.

Senior Resources is the only Meals on Wheels provider in Richland County.

The Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. The foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants since it was formed.

It’s time to Stuff-A-Bus

Lexington-Richland 5, the District Five Foundation and Wal-Mart are partnering to help children get ready for school and stay healthy.

The groups will hold a Stuff-A-Bus event from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Harbison and Ballentine Wal-Mart locations.

During those hours, community members are asked to stop by either location to help stuff a bus with school supplies and food donations.

“We have many families that struggle to buy school supplies for their children and unfortunately many that struggle to keep food in their homes,” said District 5 spokesman Mark Bounds. “This is a great opportunity for the community to come together for those children and families.”

The supplies will be given to students in need to help get them ready for the new school year. Food items will be used in the district’s Snack Pack Food Program, which provides weekend food supplies to students in need. Currently, more than 600 students receive assistance from the Snack Pack program.

A feast at Emmanuel’s Table

Members of Emmanuel Baptist Fellowship are reaching out to their neighbors.

The church at 4776 Sunset Blvd. (U.S. 378) in Lexington has launched a six-week summer outreach called Emmanuel's Table.

Beginning at noon each Wednesday, the church will be providing meals for area residents or others who might need to escape the heat, use the internet and have a meal.

Several neighboring restaurants and businesses – including Firehouse, Chick-fil-A and Zoe's – are joining the effort.

Emmanuel’s Table continues through Aug 27.

About Bertram Rantin

Bertram Rantin


Bertram Rantin is The State's metro columnist with a current focus on the inspirational people and community helpers in Columbia, SC, and the Midlands. Rantin has covered a variety of areas during his tenure at the newspaper including local government, schools, sports, features, transportation, volunteerism and non profits. Email Bertram at or call him at (803) 771-8306.

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