Mobile Meals still planning fundraisers following telethon

Mobile Meals still planning fundraisers following telethon

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"There's no sense in people going hungry," Mr. McKinney said. "There's no sense in people going hungry," Mr. McKinney said.
"It's a constant you know, as the population ages, baby boomers are over sixty and the need is greater," Mobile Meals Manager Alison Taylor said. "It's a constant you know, as the population ages, baby boomers are over sixty and the need is greater," Mobile Meals Manager Alison Taylor said.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A telethon Monday to support Mobile Meals was a major boost for the program, but the program's manager says there is still an uphill battle ahead.

Just more than $125,000 was raised during the telethon, but the Mobile Meals program needs around $500,000 a year every year to keep up with expenses.

Officials at the Community Action Committee, which runs Mobile Meals, say a big part of the funding problem is that foundations that normally provide the largest donations haven't been able to make the same investments since the economic recession.

Mr. McKinney is a 94-year-old Knoxville resident who receives the daily delivered meals. 6 News chose for privacy reasons not to reveal his first name.  

McKinney says the county can't do without the program.

"I get them every day except Saturday and Sunday, and it's the best thing I've ever run across," McKinney said. "I can't drive I have to depend on somebody to take me."

McKinney is one of more than 80,000 seniors living in Knox County. That number is growing.

Monday's telethon was a one-time event. The department is already working on plans for upcoming fundraisers with local businesses to the void.

One fundraiser is in August with Three Rivers Market and another in September with the Orangery Restaurant.

"We still need to raise more money. It's a constant you know, as the population ages, baby boomers are over sixty and the need is greater," Mobile Meals Manager Alison Taylor said.

"There's no sense in people going hungry," McKinney said.

$1.6 million of the CAC budget came from Knox County this year. Around $615,000 came from the city of Knoxville.

CAC officials tell 6 News most of the funding comes from private donations, which saw a decrease over the last few years.

Knox County allocated $50,000 more to the CAC this year than last year.

The CAC says it has no immediate plans to request an increase in funding from the county or city.

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