Meals on Wheels-Anderson is ensuring its current recipients who need weekend meal service will continue to receive them with a grant recently received from Duke Energy.
Of the approximate 500 recipients who receive weekday services from Meals on Wheels, about 300 of them also need weekend assistance. That means they have no means to food or no one to prepare food for them on weekends.
Laurie Ashley, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels-Anderson, said the grant couldn’t come at a better time.
“Donations are typically down over the summer months, in general,” said Ashley. “The timing of this grant is just perfect as we are working to build funding due to a deficit in donations and a rise in food costs.”
The program announced in late May that it was at maximum capacity and could not add new recipients due to funding restrictions. Continued efforts to reduce costs and seek additional monies have occurred over the past few months, and the Board of Directors will meet in August to assess the timeline for opening the program for additional recipients.
“The community has been very supportive as we have reached out to them,” said Ashley, “but the key is sustainability. This isn’t just an issue for the summer. Costs will continue to rise, and our elderly population is continuing to grow. The ‘silver tsunami’ is coming, and we have to be prepared to serve our seniors in need.” For more information on how you can support Meals on Wheels financially or as a volunteer driver for the program, call 864-225-6800 or visit www.acmow.org.