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Duke Energy provides $100,000 in grants to senior citizens in South Carolina


Duke Energy Foundation’s grants financial grants come at a time of growing economic uncertainty in the country.

With rising inflation, everyone is experiencing rising costs of essential goods and services, especially older South Carolinians who are already in need of nutritious meals as well as the non-profits that serve them and struggle to just get by.

To assist those in need, Duke Energy Foundation is funding $100,000 in grants to 23 mobile feeding programs that serve more than 10,000 seniors every day across the state.

These financial grants come at a time when the needy are faced with the double impact of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as rising economic uncertainties in the country.

“Food insecurity is a challenge for many and directly impacts the communities we serve,” said Mike Callahan, Duke Energy’s South Carolina state president. “We hope this funding will fill a crucial gap while also shining a bright light on the people who do this amazing work to support our seniors each and every day.”

The grant will allow local organizations to either purchase gas cards to supplement volunteers’ costs to deliver meals, or offset the cost of paid drivers, allowing these groups to continue to feed seniors much-needed nutritious meals.

“Our organization has seen a 105% increase in our gas expenses in the past year,” said Catriona Carlisle, executive director of Meals on Wheels of Greenville. “The rising prices have caused drivers to be unable to afford regular delivery of meals to our neighbors in need. The invaluable support of Duke Energy will allow us to recruit more volunteers to make sure we continue serving over 1,500 meals daily in Greenville County.”

“Partners like Duke Energy make services like our senior mobile meal delivery program possible,” said Tracey Bendenbaugh, CEO of Piedmont Agency on Aging. “This grant will allow us to more confidently deliver meals to our neighbors despite rising commodity costs.”

“As prices increase, so does the need for our services,” said Gail Wilson, executive director for Sumter Senior Services. “With the grant provided by the Duke Energy Foundation, we will be able to meet these needs and assist seniors in Sumter County. We are so appreciative of their support.”

To go through a complete list of recipients click here.