Sullivan County deputies deliver meals on wheels to seniors


SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - Hundreds of seniors across our region depend on volunteers to deliver hot meals each day. News 5 learned there are some public servants taking a few extra hours each week to lend a helping hand. First Tennessee Human Resource Agency and Meals on Wheels provide 900 meals each day for residents throughout northeast Tennessee like Emma Mobley. "I like to talk to some of them," Mobley said. Mobley told us she has been getting her meals for about three years. Of the meals served, 500 are to those who are considered homebound. Mobley said she first received frozen meals, but now they come hot. She said, "A meat of some kind and a vegetable and fruit, sometimes slaw if it's something that slaw comes with." To fill the need, it takes about 600 volunteers. Among those are Sullivan County deputies. Lt. Bobby Russell said, "We switch up and take turns, kind of spread it out between different people." The sheriff's department delivers meals two days out of the week. During that time, they serve any where from 10-12 meals a day. "We enjoy it. We kind of get to know them. Some of them just want to talk and see somebody different," Russell said. The route takes about an hour and brings smiles to familiar faces. Meals on Wheels delivers meals Monday through Friday for people ages 60 and older. They also serve those with special needs ages 18 to 59. Individuals and organizations can sponsor meals for $6.70 per day. You can contact First Tennessee Human Resource Agency at 423-975-5022 for information on volunteering.