Help Feed Seniors in East Tennessee!
Not every senior in East Tennessee will have enough to eat today. Please help us provide meals for those who are on a waiting list for meals in Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union Counties. Giving Tuesday is November 29 this year and offers an opportunity to contribute online to this worthwhile effort. Our seniors need your help!
Meals on Wheels is a nationally recognized organization with one mission: to help support one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations – our seniors – by providing nutritious meals and a friendly visit to insure our neighbors are maintaining healthy, independent living. The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) has been involved with the Tennessee Meals on Wheels program since 1974 and since then our Senior Nutrition program has worked to serve six counties in the region (Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Scott and Union) by operating mobile services that provide food to our elderly neighbors.
Today, 1 in 6 seniors struggle with hunger. There is a local need for meals that has far out grown it’s allocated grant money and leaves many of our eligible senior friends and neighbors still struggling to fill the void.
The Senior Nutrition program in East Tennessee keeps hundreds of seniors in our community healthy and living on their own, even if they no longer cook or shop for themselves. The Senior Nutrition program delivers meals directly to their neighbors in the program and serves hot lunches at senior center cafes in the region. These cafes provide venues to promote social interaction and wellness for those in need.
One year of meals costs less than one week in a long term nursing facility and less than a single day in a hospital. According to Meals on Wheels, 92% of Tennessee recipients of home delivered meals say the service enables them to remain in their home where they want to be and 87% say it helps them feel more safe and secure. In many cases, the meal delivery worker or volunteer may be the only person our seniors see that day.
Senior Nutrition and Meals on Wheels campaign needs your help to bring nutrition and independence to more seniors in East Tennessee. All donations go directly to funding meals for our program. Each $8 provides a meal. Each $40 provides a week’s worth of meals for an individual.