Seniors living in the backcountry of East County are about to be better served by Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego Inc.

Meals-on-Wheels, the service that supports the independence and well being of senior citizens, recently received a $70,000 contribution grant from the Walmart Foundation.

The funds will be used to help meet its goal of doubling daily meal service to homebound seniors living in San Diego’s rural areas, according to Debbie Case, president/CEO of Meals-on-Wheels in San Diego County.

There are more than 30,000 seniors living in rural the back country of San Diego County, areas where there is limited access — or no access — to a senior nutrition program, Case said.

Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego provides two nutritious meals every day to more than 2,700 seniors living in 48 communities throughout San Diego County, Case said. Most of the program’s recipients live alone, and nearly 85 percent are considered low income.

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SD_MealsonWheelsDebbie Case, President and CEO of Meal-On-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc., accepts a Walmart State Giving grant to fight hunger in rural San Diego County at the El Cajon Neighborhood Market grand opening in March 2014.