Mobile Meals funding boost helps dwindle wait list

11:25 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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A boost in funding from the Knox County Commission is giving the Mobile Meals office a reason to celebrate after months of funding issues.

"So pleased today to spend a portion of our day whittling that waiting list down. We're going through and trying to get people on as soon as we can. It made for a little happier atmosphere to know that we could do that today," said Alison Taylor, Mobile Meals Manager.

Mobile Meals serves 750 Knox County seniors a hot lunch each day, but that's down from about 950. They've been forced to put about 120 seniors in need on a waiting list.

Monday night the county commission approved $35,000 in funding to help them get through the summer.

Taylor says she's grateful to be able to take as many people as she can off the waiting list.

"I'm the one that reads what the situation is with these people and I'm the one who has to write them a letter and tell them they are on a waiting list. Obviously when funding opportunities come up we are very appreciative," she said.

Mobile Meals stresses this is a temporary fix. They are having a meal-a-thon fundraiser on July 29th on WBIR and other networks that they hope will get them back on track.

The county commission says they will reassess the funding situation after the telethon.


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