Construction has begun at the new Senior Resources Meals on Wheels site at its central office building on Millwood Avenue. Work began Wednesday and is expected to be completed in two months.
The 900-square foot facility is designed to provide a more efficient and convenient space for volunteers to pack and pick up meals for daily delivery.
The project is being managed by Tyler Construction.
“For many years, local churches have offered us their space to operate our Meals on Wheels program, and their cooperation has been critical to our success,” said Pam Dukes, executive director of Senior Resources, in a news release. “But as we’ve grown and expanded our reach, we’ve realized the need for our own dedicated space.”
The new site will include an external walk-in freezer and space for the organization’s Senior Care Pantry and Pet Pals program. Senior Resources currently distributes about 400 hot meals from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Forest Drive and Westminster Presbyterian Church on Broad River Road.
The new site will replace the Good Shepherd site.
Dukes said Senior Care’s Meals on Wheels’ client base increased 51% in the past fiscal year, but that there is still a waiting list for Richland County residents who need the service.
“The strategic improvements we’re making now will ensure that we will be prepared to meet the needs of our elderly neighbors in the coming decades,” she said.
Senior Resources plans to open a third Meals on Wheels distribution center this month at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church to serve seniors in the northeast portion of Richland County.