File this under “Left hand does not know what right hand is doing”: The Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion estimates a moderate weekly grocery bill for a family of four with school-age children at roughly $236.60, which translates into an annual family budget of approximately $12,300 for food consumed at home. But, the same government allows only $150 per week in food stamps or EBT for the same size family.
The same government defines poverty by these guidelines:
Persons in family/household and yearly income:
If there is one person in the family and he/she earns $11,170 or under, he/she is living in poverty. The chart continues:
2 people earning under- 15,130
3 people earning under- 19,090
4 – 23,050
5 – 27,010
6 – 30,970
7 – 34,930
8 – 38,890
Therefore, if the family of 4 with an income of $23,050 spend $12,300 on food, they need over half of their income for food. What about rent? Transportation? Clothing? And the hundreds of other things a family needs? And you think they can manage health care?
From the Office of Mayor Burchett: The Knox County community raised $125,027 during Monday’s Mobile Meals telethon at West Town Mall.
The money raised for Mobile Meals is enough to provide 39,691 meals at $3.15 per meal, or to serve 152 seniors for an entire year.
“People ask me if I’m surprised by the generosity of this community,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. “We all know that Knox County residents are some of the most generous people anywhere, but the community’s support of Mobile Meals exceeded my expectations.”
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 prepare meals for them.
From the City Mayor’s Office:
TEDDY ROOSEVELT LOOKALIKE CONTEST
As part of the Centennial Conservation Expo, the City of Knoxville is hosting a Theodore Roosevelt lookalike contest. The contest is open to men, women, children and family pets. A physical resemblance to our 26th president might help, but entries will also be judged on creativity, costuming and generally capturing the exuberant spirit of the former president.
Submit entries via digital photo to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line, “Roosevelt Contest.” Photos should be no larger than 5 MB, and please do not submit more than two photos with each entry. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 27th. You do not need to be a resident of the City of Knoxville to enter, but employees of the City and members of their households are not eligible.