EASLEY — Pickens County Meals on Wheels will expand its programs and service offerings on July 1 to include congregate meals and activities including health promotion and disease prevention education.
This change is in response to the consolidation of Seniors Unlimited’s senior centers and the agency’s closure on June 30, 2014. The decision to expand its operation was not taken lightly.
“We are committed to meeting the needs of seniors in our community. We believe we are the only agency in Pickens County that is capable and willing to step in and safeguard services for seniors in Pickens County,” said Meta Bowers, executive director of PCMOW. “This is a direct expansion of what we do best: feed and care for seniors.”
The expansion will result in the agency growing from serving 240 home-delivered meals per day to serving more than 310 meals per day, a 23 percent increase in the daily workload.
In addition, PCMOW will begin serving a minimum of 25 people daily day through the congregate meals program.
Providing congregate meals will be a major addition to PCMOW’s services.
“Our vision is to provide senior programming that will provide a continuum of care for active, aging and homebound individuals in Pickens County,” said Bowers. “By connecting seniors to the services they need, we will aid in their long-term independence in a cost-effective manner.”
To implement these program changes, PCMOW has welcomed Valerie Meador to its staff.
“It is so exciting to be part of expanding services to those that need it most,” Meador said. “As a dietitian, I am very excited about developing and implementing programs that will help prevent and manage chronic diseases and improve the health of our community.”
Meador said PCMOW intends to tailor services to the needs and wants of the seniors in Pickens County. Planned senior center activities and programs will include nutritious noon meals and socialization, nutritional education, structured fitness and exercise classes, educational programming, games, computer classes, music and dance as well as arts and crafts.
The program’s headquarters will continue to be based at its office in Easley. Congregate meals and activities will continue to be offered at the Rosewood Center in Liberty. The final goal will be to relocate both to the new PCMOW kitchen, 310 W. Main St. in Liberty, when it is completed. Construction is scheduled to start later this fall.
To find out more about Meals on Wheels, visit www.pcmow.org, call 855-3770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.