There are still many Linn County residents who are in financial trouble due to unemployment, Derecho and Covid 19.

Advocates for Social Justice volunteers are teaming up with Willie Ray's Q Shack today (Friday September 4) from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to feed the neighborhood at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1285 3rd Ave SE in Cedar Rapids.

Willie Ray's Q Shack will be serving meals and the Volunteers with Advocates for Social Justice will be providing support. The local group is always in need of more volunteers.

The Iowa Derecho Storm Relief Center in Cedar Rapids will be cooking and serving hot meals this weekend starting each day at 11:30 am for lunch.  The center is located at 4001 First Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids.

  • Saturday, September 5th - hot dogs, pork burgers and chips.
  • Sunday, September 6th - cheese quesadillas, tortilla chips, and salsa.

The relief center is in need of volunteers and donations, as they anticipate serving 500 meals.

In Benton County, residents in need of food assistance can find help at the Vinton Food Pantry, open every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  at 811 D Avenue in Vinton. The Vinton Food Pantry is also in need of non-perishable food donations.

Next Tuesday September 8, Cedar Rapids Transit will make changes to routes and schedules. Changes include increasing the frequency on high traffic routes, which will allow for additional riders capacity during peak travel times.

To help prevent the spread of Covid 19, face coverings are required on all buses, and passenger capacity is still 15 riders per bus to help maintain 6 feet of social distance.

While Cedar Rapids bus rides are currently still free, fare collection and front-door boarding is expected to begin later this fall after installation of protective shields on all buses is completed.

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