- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Senior citizens across South Carolina are going to be treated to a home-grown Thanksgiving dinner.

State Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers and Lt. Governor Yancey McGill announced Thursday that farmers across the state are getting together to provide certified South Carolina grown products for Thanksgiving meals at 173 senior centers statewide.

They told a news conference at the Statehouse that the effort increases access to home-grown products for many of the state’s 940,000 senior citizens while providing additional opportunities for farmers.

Weathers said South Carolina is unique in that just about everything needed for a holiday meal - from poultry and peas to sweet potatoes - is grown in the state.

The home-grown meals will be served at senior centers throughout the month of November.

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