Meals On Wheels Closing Congregate Dining Sites in Linn County

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Horizons Meals on Wheels is closing five of their senior congregate dining sites at the end of April.

The sites are all in Linn County; Ely, Hiawatha, Marion, Springville, and at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids.

Horizons had to cut $200,000 from their meal budget for 2015. That equals more than 35,000 meals.

The budget bind comes after an increase in clients, but a decrease in clients' voluntary contributions.

"The medications that they take, their food, their utilities, all of those are increasing for folks, limiting their ability to contribute the program," said Dianna Young, the director of Meals On Wheels.

The Healthy Horizons and Lisbon congregate sites will remain open. Young said the home-delivery component of the Meals on Wheels program will also remain in service.

Young said she's hoping monetary donations will help prevent further cuts. Those interested in helping out can send contributions to Horizons Meals On Wheels P.O. Box 667, Cedar Rapids.
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