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Golfing For Meals On Wheels In Henry County

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The federal sequester has slowly moved through the lives of Quad Citians.

It has impacted jobs at the Arsenal, slowed airline traffic, and now cut into meal deliveries for seniors.

The Henry County Senior Center has seen its funding for home-delivered meals cut by 5.6%because of the sequester, cutting into its ability to deliver nearly 2,300 meals to seniors throughout the county.

It's now looking at a new way to replace the money-a golf tournament.

"Altogether, between home delivered meals and transportation, it's $3,000 a month, $3,000 a month in cuts," says Director Casandra Schmoll.

"This is the first time that people have ever had to call in for a meal and we put them on a waiting list."

She calls the sequester an insult to senior citizens. She says, ""They're the ones that brought the country where we're at now, we owe them a lot, we really, really do."

The cuts make it harder for her organization to deliver hot food to people who can't cook for themselves.

So the Senior Center is going to try fundraising through golf.

"There's a lot of golfers in Kewanee and Henry County, so that is what we aimed for," says Schmoll.

Kewanee Parks Director Brian Johnson says, "They've tried to supplement the funds for their programs uptown, which I believe the Senior Center does a wonderful job."

He has helped deliver meals himself during the winter. He believes they will get a good turnout.

"Golf is very popular in Kewanee," says Johnson, a prediction Schmoll is hoping is true.

"We do anything we can to raise funds and to keep this program and the congregate meal program, and transportation everything going," says Schmoll.

The golf tournament will take place at the end of June.

If the senior center can't raise enough money and is forced to make more cuts, it may have to raise prices or eliminate some of its services.

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