Food & Nutrition Programs

The COMMODITY PROGRAM distributes USDA surplus food to low-income families in Knox County.

The SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM provides meals to children at a variety of sites within Knox County.

The CHRISTMAS CLEARINGHOUSE coordinates agencies, organizations, and churches that wish to help families during the holiday season. The Clearinghouse works to eliminate duplication in order to serve as many needy families as possible. Applications for the News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund are taken by the Clearinghouse staff.

The NEWS SENTINEL MILK FUND provides nutrition supplements to qualified individuals and to some agencies which serve low-income people. The program is supported by the readers of the News Sentinel.

green thumb logoTHE GREEN THUMB PROGRAM promotes home gardening and provides free vegetable seeds and plants to eligible gardeners in Knoxville and Knox County. Contact 546-3500 for more details.

The COMMUNITY GARDEN PROGRAM encourages individuals and families to garden together in public housing developments and provides gardening assistance and nutrition education. Contact 546-3500 for more details.

Mobile Meals is the Meals on Wheels program in Knoxville and Knox County TN. The Mobile Meals program serves noon meals, five days a week and holidays, to Knoxville and Knox County citizens who are at least 60 years old who cannot cook for themselves and have no one to cook for them.


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