A hot meal may seem like a small thing, but it can be invaluable for older adults living alone. Meals delivered to elderly adults' doorsteps provide both nutrition and comfort to a vulnerable population and they're a cost-effective way to keep aging adults in their own home for longer.
Twenty percent of the population in McMinn County are 60 and older and 13% of these seniors live below the poverty line. That number is projected to rise 46% over the next fifteen years. Each year, seniors at-risk are faced with spending tradeoffs and have to choose between food, medical care, paying their utilities or their other housing and living expenses.
The Meals on Wheels Program at the McMinn County Senior Activity Center serves approximately 11,500 meals a year to seniors at-risk each year. The Center partners with the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability to advocate for and assist older persons and persons with disabilities to provide a noontime meal that consists of one-third of the RDA daily nutritional requirements to seniors in need.
You can volunteer to deliver meals to our seniors. Contact our Home Delivered Meals Coordinator Yola Arrington at 423-745-6830 for more information on how you can volunteer today.
Our fact sheet tells the story of senior hunger and why your help is important.
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