Clarendon Council on Aging provides meal packs to seniors


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CLARENDON COUNTY - Clarendon Council Council on Aging is working diligently to keep senior citizens from going hungry.

"Without dedicated volunteers and staff, we couldn't get all the meals prepared and packaged," said Jennifer Powell, executive director of Clarendon County Council on Aging. "We have a wonderful group of volunteers who help us out every day. I just can't thank them enough."

Through a collaborative effort with Senior Resources in Richland County, Southern Way Catering, Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation, Clarendon County Council on Aging has announced its Emergency Senior Nutrition Program that will be providing meal packs to hundreds of Clarendon County senior citizens every Thursday between April 30 and June 4.

"Each pack will include five meals for the week," Powell added.

Powell said the guidelines for receiving the packs include individuals must be 60 or older and a resident of Clarendon County. They must provide name, address and phone number at pickup. Only two packs are allowed per car, and individuals are only permitted one pickup per week.

There are three pickup locations.

- In the Turbeville area, seniors or their caregivers can pick up meal packs beginning at 10 a.m. at East Clarendon High School, 1101 Pope St.

- In the Summerton area, meal packs will be available for pickup at 10 a.m. at 1154 Fourth St.

- In the Manning area, meal packs will be available for pickup by seniors or their caregivers at noon at 206 S. Church St.

"We are Meals on Wheels; no senior goes hungry."