SC 2nd highest in nation for hungry seniors

Georgetown, SC - By Mark Meredith - bio | email

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina has been ranked second highest in the country for the number of seniors going without food, according to a study released by Meals on Wheels.

The group ranked Mississippi as the hungriest state in the nation for senior citizens.

"I consider our home delivery program to be a lifeline," said Danita Vetter of the Waccamaw Area Agency on Aging, which provides meal delivery and daily meals to seniors at facilities across Horry, Williamsburg, and Georgetown counties.

A rough economy has hurt funding for the agency and others like it, which has forced groups to do more with less.

"So far we've been able to shuffle our finances around in a way that we continue to serve our seniors at the levels that were delivering at this point," said Vetter.

Anne Maybank, 71, a daily member of the Georgetown Senior Center, said that the services provided essential to her health and that of others.

"Sometimes we have chicken, sometimes we have meatloaf, and sometimes we get some variety," she said, noting she is encouraged other seniors to come to the facility in order to help their hunger needs. "I have one lady now that I've been working on since October. Every day I tell her, 'Come to the center, come to the center. At least you'll have some company."

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