Knox Co. Commission approves $35K for Mobile Meals

Knox Co. Commission approves $35K for Mobile Meals

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"We have 113 seniors on the list waiting for meals, and that number grows every week," said Commissioner Amy Broyles. "We have 113 seniors on the list waiting for meals, and that number grows every week," said Commissioner Amy Broyles.
"They really need to a find a way subsidize themselves and be sustainable in the long term, and not be dependable on taxpayer dollars," said Commissioner Richard Briggs. "They really need to a find a way subsidize themselves and be sustainable in the long term, and not be dependable on taxpayer dollars," said Commissioner Richard Briggs.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Commission voted Monday to lend a hand to the Mobile Meals program.

Commissioners voted at its monthly meeting on Monday to set aside $35,000 for the home meal delivery service, which is facilitated by the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee.  

It's possible that commission could allocate even more in the coming months.

"We have 113 seniors on the list waiting for meals, and that number grows every week," said Commissioner Amy Broyles. 

Broyles suggested a $35,000 allocation, which would keep the program sustainable for four months and keep the waiting list empty.    

Broyles hopes the funding will keep the waiting list empty until the "Mealathon" telethon takes place on July 29.  

"With the telethon, there's going to be a lag of getting the funds in, so I think four months make sense," said Commissioner Sam McKenzie.  

Broyles' proposal is a dramatically different tune from last week. 

Last week, CAC officials and Broyles, a CAC board member, asked commissioners to fund $500,000 out of the county's surplus for Mobile Meals.  

Some of the money, up to $70,000, would also be used to hire a consultant to put together a long-term fundraising plan to help the operation.  

The remaining $428,860 would have gone directly to food, as administrative costs are covered by government dollars. 

Some commissioners hope the event will raise enough money for Mobile Meals to avoid more commission funding.  

"They really need to a find a way subsidize themselves and be sustainable in the long term, and not be dependable on taxpayer dollars," said Commissioner Richard Briggs.

CAC Executive Director Barbara Kelly said she was pleased by the action commission took.  

Kelly said the agency has distributing flyers to the public asking for help with funding.

The $35,000 will come from the county's surplus funds. If any of the money goes unspent, it would go back to the county's fund balance.

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