Weather complicates Mobile Meals program

Weather complicates Mobile Meals program

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The Knoxville Community Action Committee who sponsors the Mobile Meals program put out a call to the community asking anyone with four-wheel drive vehicles to come help deliver the hot meals. The Knoxville Community Action Committee who sponsors the Mobile Meals program put out a call to the community asking anyone with four-wheel drive vehicles to come help deliver the hot meals.
"Our regular volunteers that we rely on every day, some of them are elderly themselves and they are really not able to get out and we don't encourage them to get out in this kind of weather," said Executive Director Barbara Kelly. "Our regular volunteers that we rely on every day, some of them are elderly themselves and they are really not able to get out and we don't encourage them to get out in this kind of weather," said Executive Director Barbara Kelly.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The snow and ice put hundreds of homebound seniors in jeopardy of not getting their daily hot meals.

Many of Mobile Meals' regular drivers were unable to make deliveries because of the extreme winter weather.
 
Delivering meals to more than 700 seniors is challenging under normal circumstances. Add in inches of snow and ice and its nearly impossible.

The Knoxville Community Action Committee who sponsors the Mobile Meals program put out a call to the community asking anyone with four-wheel drive vehicles to come help deliver the hot meals.

"Our regular volunteers that we rely on every day, some of them are elderly themselves and they are really not able to get out and we don't encourage them to get out in this kind of weather," said Executive Director Barbara Kelly.

But Kelly says it's more than just a hot meal. It's a daily safety check many of the seniors otherwise wouldn't get.

"The safety check is important on every day, but it's particularly important if we may find someone whose power is off or they've run out of fuel or something like that," said Kelly.

Former volunteer Eddie Clark heard the call for volunteers and decided to head down. He says he was off of work already due to weather and was happy to come pitch in.

"It makes me feel really good inside that I can help others," said Clark. "I'm capable of doing it so I'll just get out and help all I can. If they need other things, I can run to the store for them or whatever they want."

It's that kind of support that Kelly says is so important in times like these.

"It's a lifesaver for some people and it's really important that the community supports these efforts," added Kelly.

Clark wasn't the only one to answer the call. Dozens of others showed up and Mobile Meals managed to get all of the meals out to those who needed them

If you would like to volunteer for Mobile Meals or would like to find out more information how you can help out when the snow falls just call their office at 865-524-2786.

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