Knox commission considers more funding for Mobile Meals program

Knox commission considers more funding for Mobile Meals program

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Commissioners are considering the possibility of providing the Mobile Meals program with 60 days' worth of meals. Commissioners are considering the possibility of providing the Mobile Meals program with 60 days' worth of meals.
"These are not poor people looking for a handout," County Commissioner Amy Broyles said. "These are our seniors." "These are not poor people looking for a handout," County Commissioner Amy Broyles said. "These are our seniors."

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County commissioners are considering a one-time request to give more money to the Mobile Meals program in order to get 113 seniors off the waiting list.

County officials say there are roughly 80,000 seniors in the county with more than 900 receiving mobile meals.

The Community Action Committee is asking the county for $500,000 from the county budget's surplus funds.

The Mobile Meals program manager Alison Taylor says fundraising fell short this year, leaving the program strapped for cash.

"These are not poor people looking for a handout," County Commissioner Amy Broyles said. "These are our seniors."

Broyles argued strongly in favor of the funding, saying with the growing population of seniors, many are unable to make their own meals.

"They usually have a disabling condition, diabetes, macular degeneration," Broyles said. "They're too frail to stand at a stove."

Some commissioners questioned whether the $500,000 is too much, too soon.

"Maybe this is a case of poor planning," County Commissioner Mike Brown said.

Commissioners are considering the possibility of providing the Mobile Meals program with 60 days' worth of meals because a telethon is planned July 29 that will also raise money for mobile meals.

"That's a good first step," Broyles said. "That will get the people off the current waiting list, but it's not going to do anything about the waiting list that's going to start as soon as that money is used up."

County commissioners will revisit the proposal Monday when they will look at the dollar amount needed for meals for 60 days.

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