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Hunger is no game for one Lowcountry organization

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This month is March for meals.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels designated March as a month long focus on the growing number of people going hungry in the community.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels reports 74% of recipients live at or below the poverty level, and 90% are 60 years of age or older.  Sarah Vega, PR & Communications Manager, said the organization helps anyone regardless of age or income.

 "We're really proud to be one of the models for providing service at no charge and without a waiting list, to anyone who is homebound or unable to prepare their own meals.

Vega said the number of those in need continues to grow each month. AARP reports by 2030 the population in South Carolina older than 65 is expected to double.  Vega said the organization expects the need for home delivered meals will also increase.

 

Meals delivered by year:
2004: 70,000
2005: 71,000
2010: 126,801
2012: 137,481


For information about volunteering: http://www.ecmow.org/

On Wednesday, March 20, elected officials across the country will partner with their local Meals on Wheels organization to deliver meals to homebound seniors.

East Cooper Participants:

Mayor Billy Swails, Mount Pleasant

Mayor Carl Smith, Sullivan's Island

Mayor Dick Cronin, Isle of Palms

Tim Callanan, Berkeley County Council

Herb Sass, Charleston County Council

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