The Senior Citizens, Inc. (SCI), a nonprofit dedicated to helping people age successfully, announced on June 18, 2015 that it was awarded a $52,000 contribution to assist in delivering meals to elderly citizens in need throughout coastal Georgia. The grant, which was given to the organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will go towards the purchase of a new “Hot Shot” vehicle for its Meals on Wheels (MOW) program. The vehicle ensures delivery of quality, kitchen fresh food at any temperature.
“We are extremely grateful to the Walmart Foundation for helping us fill this critical need for our growing MOW program,” said SCI President Patti Lyons. “This new ‘Hot Shot’ vehicle will certainly help alleviate the pressure of our aging fleet of MOW delivery vehicles and allow us to better serve older adults in our community who depend on us to meet their daily nutritional needs.”
SCI’s MOW program currently prepares, packs, and delivers more than 1,500 hot meals each day to older adults in Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, and Liberty counties. The program also caters to adults of any age with long-term and short-term disabilities and those recovering from surgery, illness or accidents.
“ Organizations such as Senior Citizens, Inc. share our same values in helping people in need,” said Glen Wilkins, Walmart senior public affairs manager. “Through this grant, we hope to assist the organization in providing quality meals for those who need assistance, which positively impacts their quality of lives and ultimately the communities we serve.”
The contribution to SCI was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Georgia’s State Giving Program (SGP). Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S. In the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $50.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions throughout the state of Georgia.