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Meals on Wheels to provide exclusively local menu


Horizons Meals on Wheels program is changing gears, at least for a day.

Thursday the program will provide a completely local menu.

Some 800 clients will receive lunch sourced exclusively from Iowa vendors and farmers.

Clients like Nancy Keller depend on meals on wheels to deliver high quality meals.

"it's hard to cook when you live alone."

Thursday's lunch will be like none other Keller has experienced with the program.

"The nutrient value is going to be that much higher, it's grown locally. It's sourced locally," said Mike Davis, Horizon Meals on Wheels chef.

Instead of bringing in strawberries from a vendor two thousand miles away in California,

the fruit is acquired from a farm just down the road in Independence.

"They're going to get some tastes that they've never had before. The beautiful thing about local foods is we can grow for taste instead of for transport," said Bill Rieckhoff, owner of Morgan Creek Farm and Markets in Cedar Rapids.

Horizons Meals on Wheels is teaming up with 12 Iowa vendors and farmers to provide a menu that's completely local.

Thursday's menu will feature a house-made pasta and seasonal vegetables pared with other sides. 

Vendors like Rieckhoff are donating time and some of their product to make the meal possible.

"We obviously want to give something back to the community," Rieckhoff said.

It's part of a continued effort  to use more local ingredients helping to provide a nutritious lunch for clients like Keller she can look forward to

"I think it would be more nutritious," Keller said. 

Farmers and vendors participating in Local Foods Day include:

* Bagge Strawberries, Independence

* Brian Hazlett, Cedar Rapids

* Cherie B's Bakery, Solon

* Country View Dairy, Hawkeye

* Early Morning Harvest, Panora

* East View Orchard, Fredericksburg

* Ecko Gardens, West Union

* Hansen's Dairy, Hudson

* Milton Creamery, Milton

* Morgan Creek Farm & Markets, Cedar Rapids

* Rolling Hills, West Union

* Zins, Cedar Rapids


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