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Lubbock Meals on Wheels not affected by proposed Trump budget cuts

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

An organization that helps feed people in need could be in need themselves nationwide.

Donald Trump's 2018 budget blueprint could slash funding for a program he claims is not well targeted to the poorest populations.

That program is a $3 billion Community Development Block Grant that helps fund many Meals on Wheels programs. However, that is not the case in Lubbock.

"We're very fortunate here in Lubbock that we do not receive any government funding at any level…nor are we a United way funded agency," said Lisa Gilliland, the executive director of the Lubbock Meals on Wheels.

Gilliland knows that is a unique statement about the Lubbock Meals on Wheels.

"We rely completely on support from the community," she said, "and that has proven to be very helpful for us."

 But the Lubbock program was not always this way.

"We started in 1971, and we did receive some funds back then through Title III and some aging grants and things like that," she said, "but in the early '80's, like 1981, our board of directors at that time felt like we could raise the money here locally and it also allows us to make a lot of decisions more quickly. It allows us to decide who we serve, how we serve them, when we serve them, and things we felt capable of deciding."

People with other organizations often call Gilliland to ask how the Lubbock Meals on Wheels manages this.

"Our budget is about $1.2 million," she said. "That's all money raised right here in the community."

Gilliland believes this works in Lubbock because the community is generous and philanthropic.

"Fundraising is just part of what we do," she said. "Businesses support us, individuals support us, we have church support and schools that do events for us."

Gilliland believes this is because the community knows they serve more than 700 people a weekday through 1,400 volunteers.

"We feed people who are homebound elderly or disabled right here in Lubbock," she said, "and people know that that need is there."

While the Lubbock Meals on Wheels facility grows along with the number of those they serve, Gilliland hopes people nationwide will step up to help local Meals on Wheels programs change lives.

"That hot, nutritious meal is important to their health, but so is that daily human contact," she said. "For many of our clients, that volunteer may be the only person they see that day. Our goal is to keep people well fed, independent and in their own homes for as long as possible."

If you are interested in how you can help the Lubbock Meals on Wheels continue their local mission through time or money, visit http://lubbockmealsonwheels.org/volunteer/.

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