RUTLEDGE – Douglas Cherokee is seeking participants and volunteers for Meals on Wheels of Grainger County. Senior hunger continues to increase across the United States. In 2007, Tennessee was ranked 16th in the nation for senior hunger, and in 2010 that rate increased to fifth. The increase in hunger among seniors leads directly to poor health outcomes and limitations of daily living activities.
In an effort to help reduce the number of seniors going hungry, Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority participates in the Senior Nutrition meal program, also known as Meals on Wheels. The program serves about 20 senior citizens in Grainger County, both home delivered and congregate meals. At this time, there is no waiting list for the program, and there are openings for the home delivery part of the program.
The meals are regularly delivered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. To qualify for the program, an individual needs be 60 or older and homebound. Income is not part of the qualifying process for Meals on Wheels. There is no charge to participate in the program, but a suggested contribution envelope is given to each participant monthly, allowing those who wish to contribute to do so. All contributions received are used for purchasing more food, so additional people can join the program.
All meals are carefully planned by a registered dietician to equal one-third of the daily nutrition requirements for senior adults.
The Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteers to help deliver meals to areas of the county that are currently not being delivered to. The volunteer program is very flexible and allows volunteers to serve their community around their schedule. Aside from meal delivery, there are others areas in which individuals can volunteer and still support the program.
For more information, to participate in the program or to volunteer, contact Rutledge Douglas Cherokee at (865) 203-0666 or the main office in Morristown at (423) 318-6936.