Vital Aging of Williamsburg, Kingstree, S.C., exists to promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of Williamsburg County’s senior citizens. Services are provided within a framework of love, understanding, and respect to allow an opportunity for mature adults to continue their lives with meaning and purpose. The overall goal of the agency’s services are to give low income seniors the tools that they need to remain healthy and happy in their homes and reduce the cost/need of skilled or long-term care.
The Foundation funded Vital Aging to provide nutritionally balanced meals to homebound and elderly residents throughout all of Williamsburg County. The organization’s participants live on less than $800 a month, live alone with little to no familial contact in homes of fair to poor condition, often lack transportation and experience one or more chronic conditions.
This population depends on their home delivered meal as a primary source of proper nutrition. Presently approximately 200 homebound seniors receive a box of blast-frozen meals along with supplements from the agency each week. The agency operates nine staff assisted routes and one volunteer (Williamsburg Presbyterian Church) route each week. The agency’s present waiting list of seniors in need of home delivered meals is 15 individuals.