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Final Meals on Wheels lunch served at several Linn County sites

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Most days of the week you can find Bonnie Tiedtke enjoying lunch and laughing with her friends.

"The people that are here we probably wouldn't have gotten to know any other way," said Tiedtke, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

But Wednesday was the last meal at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids -- one of five Meals on Wheels sites closing in Linn County.

"It's a big day for us," said Dianna Young, Horizons Meals on Wheels Director. "It's a sad day."

These seniors have the option of traveling five miles across town to Healthy Horizons each day to continue getting meals.

Some say the longer drive means they won't be able to go as often.

"I don't drive in bad weather," said Rosemary Thompson, who lives in Cedar Rapids. "So we won't show up there in bad weather. This far isn't bad."

The meal sites that also offer activities will keep having games and entertainment for seniors. Some days Horizons will cater lunch, charging seniors $3.50 a meal.

That's compared to the voluntary contribution they give at the sites.

"It's different but it's still providing them a little something to eat while they're getting together with their friends," said Young.

With less money coming in, officials at Horizons had to find a way to close the budget gap.

To keep deliveries going for seniors in their homes, changes had to be made elsewhere. So just two Meals on Wheels sites in Linn County remain open.

Horizons says volunteers and donations will help keep programs going.

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