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Horizons Meals on Wheels hoping to resume delivering hot meals by the summer

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Meals on Wheels volunteers bringing boxes of food out to deliver.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, Horizons is optimistic it can resume delivering hot lunches through the Meals on Wheels program by the beginning of the summer.

The agency has been providing frozen meals and breakfast bags since March 2020.

"Both our clients and volunteers have indicated to us they miss the daily interaction that goes with bringing a noon meal to a homebound senior, and after one year away from that, we are presently working on a timetable to make the safe transition back," Horizons Chief Executive Officer Michael Barnhart said.

Horizons also plans to bring back a pair of fundraisers, that were canceled in 2020, to benefit Meals on Wheels.

Cookies of Compassion will be held Friday, May 7, just ahead of Mother’s Day. Cookie packages will be available in half-dozen or whole-dozen for $15 and $30 respectively. The purchase of a half-dozen will help provide two meals for homebound seniors. A dozen provides four.

Orders of a dozen or larger in Linn County will be delivered between 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on May 7. Smaller orders can picked up at Horizons, 819 Fifth St. SE in Cedar Rapids, between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Orders can be placed here.

The Lunchbox fundraiser is set to return in September. The program allows individuals and businesses in the Cedar Rapids area to order lunches direct from the Horizons kitchen, with proceeds going to Meals on Wheels. More information will be released as the event draws closer.

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