Akron-based Mobile Meals serves 2,500 daily, looks for donations after federal cuts

AKRON, Ohio - Every day, Akron-based Mobile Meals delivers 2,500 meals throughout northeast Ohio.

Most of their clients are elderly, but last year their clients ranged from 4-months-old to 108-years old.

Phil Marcin, development director for Mobile Meals, said each week they have to turn away at least 10 people because of a lack of funds. Recent federal funding cuts made the need for public donations to the agency even more important.

Marcin said 97 percent of their clients live on less than $22,000 a year.

Betty Burkins of Akron said she feels it is important to give back to the community and was looking to donate to a local charity. That's when Mobile Meals came to mind,

"My life is pretty good right now, but I may be in a position one day, with the people that Moblie Meals serves," Burkins said. "Maybe that's a good idea to think along those lines. We just never know how our life is going to turn."

Marcin said their agency also provides a much-needed safety check for their clients. In many cases, their staff is the only person to see and talk to the clients on a daily basis.

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