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Couple feeding homeless gets help from City Council

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We first told you about the Lugars Monday night. They spent many afternoons feeding Lubbock's homeless until the city put a stop to it. On Wednesday morning, Councilman Todd Klein called the Lugars and met with them at City Hall to talk about their options.

"Something needs to be done. If we can put a man on the moon, then we can work this out," Lubbock Councilman Todd Klein said.

Klein says if they need to amend the city ordinance to allow this couple to continue feeding the homeless he will work with the council to find a way.

Margaret Luger and her husband have spent two years providing food to homeless people in downtown Lubbock every Monday. They feed them, leave behind no trash and hand out warm meals, Margaret Luger says.

The city shut down their efforts Monday for lack of a permit. City officials say the they must obtain one or they will be fined.

"We just think that they don't want us down there feeding people because they are targeting the homeless," said Luger.

After the story aired on Monday, KCBD received endless emails, Facebook messages and phone calls from viewers who wanted to help the couple. KLLL Radio talked about the subject during their morning show. "We even had to stop our phone calls because we were just getting too many calls. Our lines were blowing up, " KLLL on-air personality Kelly DeAngelo said.

"Something needs to be done," Councilman Klein said.

"I think its the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I went to the City Manager and they said they received a complaint. Now I want to know who in the world would complain about a couple feeding the homeless? That's got to be the meanest person in the world," Councilman Paul Beane said.

"The thing we need to do and we will do is cooperate with the couple and find ways to make this work," Councilman Floyd Price said.

"They need to be focused on feeding those in need and we need to expeditely get this resolved," Klein continued.

The Lugars want to continue to feed the homeless every Monday at 11:30 am and cook from their own kitchen. However the Health Department says you need a permit to feed the public and you must cook in a permitted kitchen.

"You've got a rule in the rule book that does not work in this particular case," Councilman Klein explained.

The council says they have the power to amend the laws and will do so, if they have to. "If we have to amend the ordinance or add a carve out then well do that, " Councilman Klein said.

Klein says he will do whatever it takes to help the couple continue to feed the homeless on Mondays.

"If we can put a man on the moon we can make this work," Klein said.

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