WHO WE ARE
We work in partnership with local agencies such as the Community Food Connection of Blount County, Second Harvest, United Way of Blount County, local farmers and Feeding America to provide food to not only the participants of the Smoky Mountain Meals on Wheels program, but also to individuals being served under other programs within our agency, those referred to us by other agencies who serve the low-income/disabled with Blount County and/or those with food insecurities who come into our office.
Our participation with these partners varies. At Community Food Connection, we pick up groceries twice a month to help supplement our RAMP participants with staple groceries. These clients are unable to get to the grocery store, have a limited income, etc.
We order raw food from Second Harvest weekly. This enables us to purchase food at a reduced rate, thus allowing us to serve more clients with the same amount of funding.
Feeding America delivers donated items from local grocers and farms. This allows us to reach out to those with food insecurities, whether they are a client of ours, another program within our agency and/or referred here by another agency.
The caring residents and business people of Blount County, through their generous donations, have allowed us to place emergency meals in the homes of any seniors with Blount County facing a personal food shortage, especially during inclement weather. Last year we made and distributed over 2,500 emergency meals.