Bailey County's Meals on Wheels program might be in some trouble when new federal regulations take effect in a few weeks. The Muleshoe Journal's website says "the much-needed county program headed up by Shelby Carpenter at the Agency on Aging is in danger."
The article refers to a November 11th letter from Tim Pierce of South Plains Association of Governments. Pierce "explained that due to changes in federal requirements, menus ... would have to meet strict menu restrictions to continue receiving financial support from SPAG."
Meals on Wheels volunteers provide home-delivered meals to people in need, particularly the homebound and the elderly.
The Muleshoe Journal says that the Oneita Wagnon Senior Center will also be affected. The federal requirements are described as "cost prohibitive."
KCBD NewsChannel 11 was unable to reach Carpenter by phone on Sunday.
What about other Meals on Wheels programs?
"We are not federally funded," says Lisa Gilliland, Assistant Director of Lubbock's Meals On Wheels. "So any guidelines on funding would not affect us."
Lubbock's Meals on Wheels takes donations.
Gilliland says she is not specifically familiar with Bailey County's program. She says, "Most of the smaller programs are government funded."
One of the problems that can come with federal funding is budget cutting in Title III grants, Medicare and Medicaid. "That is affecting Meals on Wheels all over the country," says Gilliland.
"We don't deal with that," she says. "We're just so different from all of that."
* Correction: In a previous version of this story, we misunderstood Gilliland as saying Lubbock Meals on Wheels is funded by United Way. It is not.
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