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Congressman Jeff Duncan, left, takes a break with Dr. Jim Brice, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, and Rep. Neal Collins.


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EASLEY – Pickens County Meals on Wheels had some special help recently when Congressman Jeff Duncan stopped by to lend a helping hand, deliver meals to area seniors and recognize volunteers.

Joined by Rep. Neal Collins, Duncan spent time learning about the program’s impact in the community and the effect it has on helping seniors manage the three leading threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.

“I had the opportunity to see the great work being done by the community volunteers with the Pickens County Meals on Wheels program,” Duncan said. “With the simple act of bringing a meal to senior citizens, Meals on Wheels provides a nurturing connection with volunteers who check on their well-being and bring the connection of community into their homes.

“The program is an act of pure charity. I saw a warmth brought into the homes of senior citizens where the meal was just the first step,” he added. “It leads to the well-being of mind, body and spirit that is crucial for all around health. Meals on Wheels represents the volunteerism that is critical to the future of all our communities; in fact, it is the foundation that is makes community possible.”

Meta Bowers, executive director of Pickens County Meals on Wheels, said she appreciated Duncan and Collins taking the time to learn more about the program.

“When experienced, it quickly becomes evident that the impact of our program extends far beyond the meal itself,” she said. “Behind every door is a unique individual. It is our primary goal to help keep seniors in Pickens County as healthy and independent for as long as possible.”

The senior population will double in the next 15 years. By 2030, 1 in 5 people will be over the age 65. According to Bowers, Meals on Wheels is continuously exploring new and innovative ways to better serve the Pickens County community and meet the diverse needs of the aging population in the most cost-effective and flexible way.

Visit www.pcmow.org, call 855-3770 or send an email to info@pcmow.org to find out more about Meals on Wheels in Pickens County.

Congressman Jeff Duncan, left, takes a break with Dr. Jim Brice, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, and Rep. Neal Collins.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_mealsduncan.jpgCongressman Jeff Duncan, left, takes a break with Dr. Jim Brice, a Meals on Wheels volunteer, and Rep. Neal Collins. Courtesy photo

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