Even the most independent among us, if fortunate to live long enough, may experience a decline in mobility or health that can strip away our independence and diminish the quality of our lives. Living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age. Some senior citizens may become hungry and alone. For millions of Americans, Meals on Wheels is literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility. The nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check help them cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence. Research proves that when seniors have the right support, they gain greater quality of life, need fewer hospital stays and live longer.
At the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s two community parks, Crocked Creek and Seven Oaks, Meals on Wheels are delivered 5 days a week to seniors in the community. The Commission operates seven meal routes that serve 40-60 seniors per day. One of those routes is covered twice per week by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo. The picture shows John Slavich, one of the many volunteers from the club, preparing to hit the road with meals for some of the seniors in the Irmo area. This act of service provides the senior with a warm, nutritionally balanced meal, a wellness check, and a friendly visit. This act of service also reminds our Rotarians that service above self is a vital part of Rotary membership.