Thursday, March 22, 2012

Feeding The Homeless Banned In Major Cities All Over America

Michael Snyder, Contributor
Activist Post

What would you do if you came across someone on the street that had not had anything to eat for several days? Would you give that person some food? Well, the next time you get that impulse you might want to check if it is still legal to feed the homeless where you live. Sadly, feeding the homeless has been banned in major cities all over America.

Other cities that have not banned it outright have put so many requirements on those that want to feed the homeless (acquiring expensive permits, taking food preparation courses, etc.) that feeding the homeless has become "out of reach" for most average people. Some cities are doing these things because they are concerned about the "health risks" of the food being distributed by ordinary "do-gooders". Other cities are passing these laws because they do not want homeless people congregating in city centers where they know that they will be fed. But at a time when poverty and government dependence are soaring to unprecedented levels, is it really a good idea to ban people from helping those that are hurting?

This is just another example that shows that our country is being taken over by control freaks. There seems to be this idea out there that it is the job of the government to take care of everyone and that nobody else should even try.

But do we really want to have a nation where you have to get the permission of the government before you do good to your fellow man?

It isn't as if the government has "rescued" these homeless people. Homeless shelters all over the nation are turning people away each night because they have no more room. There are many homeless people that are lucky just to make it through each night alive during the winter.

Sometimes a well-timed sandwich or a cup of warm soup can make a world of difference for a homeless person. But many U.S. cities have decided that feeding the homeless is such a threat that they had better devote law enforcement resources to making sure that it doesn't happen.

This is so twisted. In America today, you need a "permit" to do almost anything. We are supposed to be a land of liberty and freedom, but these days government bureaucrats have turned our rights into "privileges" that they can revoke at any time.

The following are some of the major U.S. cities that have attempted to ban feeding the homeless....

Mayor Nutter recently banned feeding homeless people in many parts of Philadelphia where homeless people are known to congregate....
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has announced a ban on the feeding of large numbers of homeless and hungry people at sites on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 
Mayor Nutter is imposing the ban on all outdoor feedings of large numbers of people on city parkland, including Love Park and the Ben Franklin Parkway, where it is not uncommon for outreach groups to offer free food. 
Nutter says the feedings lack both sanitary conditions and dignity.
Last June, a group of activists down in Orlando, Florida were arrested by police for feeding the homeless in defiance of a city ordinance....
Over the past week, twelve members of food activist group Food Not Bombs have been arrested in Orlando for giving free food to groups of homeless people in a downtown park. They were acting in defiance of a controversial city ordinance that mandates permits for groups distributing food to large groups in parks within two miles of City Hall. Each group is allowed only two permits per park per year; Food Not Bombs has already exceeded their limit. They set up their meatless buffet in Lake Eola knowing that they would likely be arrested as a result.
Down in Houston, a group of Christians was recently banned from distributing food to the homeless, and they were told that they probably would not be granted a permit to do so in the future even if they applied for one....
Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said. 
That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their "Feed a Friend" effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one. 
"We don't really know what they want, we just think that they don't want us down there feeding people," said Bobby Herring, a Christian rapper who goes by the stage name Tre9.
Dallas has also adopted a law which greatly restricts the ability of individuals and ministries to feed the homeless....
A Dallas-area ministry is suing the city over a food ordinance that restricts the group from giving meals to the homeless. 
Courts dismissed Dallas’ request for a summary judgment last week, saying the case, brought up by pastor Don Hart (in video above) may indeed be a violation of free exercise of religion, as protected by the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the blog Religion Clause reported. 
In the court filing, the ministry leaders argue that their Christian faith requires them to share meals with the homeless (Jesus did!) and that the requirement that even churches and charities provide toilets, sinks, trained staff and consent of the city keeps them from doing so.
Las Vegas
A few years ago, Las Vegas became the first major U.S. city to specifically pass a law banning the feeding of homeless people....
Las Vegas, whose homeless population has doubled in the past decade to about 12,000 people in and around the city, joins several other cities across the country that have adopted or considered ordinances limiting the distribution of charitable meals in parks. Most have restricted the time and place of such handouts, hoping to discourage homeless people from congregating and, in the view of officials, ruining efforts to beautify downtowns and neighborhoods. 
But the Las Vegas ordinance is believed to be the first to explicitly make it an offense to feed “the indigent.”
That law has since been blocked by a federal judge, and since then many U.S. cities have been very careful not to mention "the indigent" or "the homeless" by name in the laws they pass that are intended to ban feeding the homeless.

New York City
New York City has banned all food donations to government-run homeless shelters because the bureaucrats there are concerned that the donated food will not be "nutritious" enough.

Yes, this is really true.

The following is from a recent Fox News article....
The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless. 
In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.
Can you believe that?

The bureaucrats are officially out of control.

In America today, it seems like almost everything is illegal.

One church down in Louisiana was recently ordered to stop giving out water because it did not have a government permit.

Well, I don't know about you, but I sure am going to give a cup of cold water to someone if they need it whether I have a permit or not.

It is as if common sense has totally gone out the window in this nation.

Over in New Hampshire, a woman is being sued for planting flowers in her own front yard.

This is the kind of thing that makes me glad that I have moved to a much more rural location. People in the country tend to be much more relaxed.

Sadly, those that love to micro-manage others continue to get the upper hand in America. Back in January, 40,000 new laws went into effect all over America. The politicians continue to hit us with wave after wave of regulations and laws with no end in sight.

All of this is making America a very unpleasant place in which to live.

This article first appeared on the EconomicCollapseBlog. Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


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Follow your principles and damn the law,assert your freedom,governments are not the arbiter of your conscience,serve heaven it will not desert you.

Anonymous said...

I am a single man. I do not have a wife and kids. I have seen people who lost their jobs, then home and then families fill apart. And they didn't have parents and grandparent, they pass away. They didn't have place to stay and place to eat. And parent find food to feed their children. I have took two families in my home so they don't end up be in the street. When they were my home they follow my rules and they respect me. I have church help me offer their cloth, food, and their childred need for school so they don't end up left behine. Their grad are very good, while parent are out looking for jobs. Right now, they found job, then they can afford to move back out. They are good people they didn't steal anything in my house. They are good people one of them serve in the miliary. Again good people like I had huge families I offer them that they had safey net, and then they offer me if I need any help like safey net.
No mayors is courageous if they stop people feeding people, and stop people provide people shelter. They think they are between rock and hard that is a excuse nonthing but excuse. Or making any opportunty by taking away my right and my freedom to offer poor people a food and shelter. I am telling you, there are something wronge with those people (mayor and official) there are still so many are people out of work. The poor people need counsel, jump start and they need a directions, they need help.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever been to the zoo and seen the signs stating "don't feed the animals"? Well, we are now officially considered animals by our public officials. I think we should revoke our elelcted officials paychecks and seize their homes and let them and their families live on the streets. Do you think then they would have a different perspective?? We are allowing this to happen to us. When is enough enough??

Political Atheist said...

I keep granola bars in my car. when i come across someone who needs a little help I'll give them a bar and sometimes a dollar or 10 and drive off. This is ridiculous. I agree w/Englishman. Follow your principles.

Anonymous said...

How does the "Do unto others..." thing fit with this US law?

Should I put my trust in the wisdom of the prophets and the bible or the wisdom and teaching of John McCain, George Bush and Barack Obama?

Anonymous said...

"Other cities are passing these laws because they do not want homeless people congregating in city centers where they know that they will be fed"----But it's OK to feed the pigeons and squirrels in the parks? We have certainly lost our way.

Penny Pincher Personal Finance said...

Just feed them anyway. But you might have to have only one or two meals in your hand at a time, and slip it to them. A church or other group could do this that way - get a bunch of people with a few bag lunches each, and sort of spread out and sneakily hand them out. The waters could go in the bag. The homeless would catch on in a day or two to the new routine. Hopefully they would play it cool and not act in such a way as to draw attention to it.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Bloomberg. Class act. All as he's having lunch with his fellow traveler, Lloyd "doing God's work" Blankfein

horseygirl said...

So, I guess eating out of dumpsters is safer!

horseygirl said...

so, eating out of a dumpster is safer

Anonymous said...

“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws”

Anonymous said...

Expect more of this if Romney gets elected. In Salt Lake City (Temple Square) there are signs that discourage giving to the poor, because "the Church" has programs to help them.

Anonymous said...

STOP FEEDING THE ZOO ANIMALS! Something has to be done about this!...oh wait, wrong meeting.

Anonymous said...

We have plenty for the poor bankers who almost lost their mansions in 2007, but feed a homeless person and you get fined.

Homeless = Pigeons. The sign reads "Don't feed the pigeons" now reads, "Don't feed the homeless."

Maybe Mike Tyson will collect homeless people on his rooftop now.

Anonymous said...

Here, here Englishman, well said.
My sentiments exactly.

"I can see a day when even your home garden will be against the law"
Bob Dylan

Vagrant Under Garment said...

Tesla liked to feed pigeons. TPTB doesn't like Tesla. If they did, it's unlikely there would be any such thing as homelessness, at least the involuntarily variety. Considering that half of America will soon be homeless due to a planned obsolescence throw-away society, it's a pretty effective policy to complement eugenics.

It's going to take some extraordinary creativity and work from us to fight these slimy bastards. Tactical kindness seems a fair start, and granola bars should help too.

Anonymous said...

Billionaires don't feed the homeless, because it's not tax-deductible.

Anonymous said...

Who wants to bet me giving 'em a bottle in a brown paper bag would not be an issue?

Mary said...

The homeless need to understand that their lifestyle has consequences. If they are not allowed to suffer the consequences, they will never understand how to succeed. I NEVER give money to those on the street.

Anonymous said...

They found bones of cave people with evidence that they had cared for each other.Healed wounds and such.Not being allowed to do that because the magical pen and paper and its words of blockage against doing the right thing.Its not progress its beast backwards.Its not civilized to have so many stupid laws.What kind of people are you to need so many?Have you no common sense?

Anonymous said...

Agenda 21 at work...depopulate the earth by letting homeless people die.

Anonymous said...

"The homeless need to understand that their lifestyle has consequences. If they are not allowed to suffer the consequences, they will never understand how to succeed. I NEVER give money to those on the street."

That's right, Mary! You go, girl. You should never commit an act of kindness or charity. Tell them all about it at the next Napa Valley wine tasting. Tell them what intestinal fortitude you have.

If the beggars have no bread, let them eat cake! How'd that work out for Marie Antoinette?

stoptherot said...

It is time that everyone in America did the right thing. It is time to stop cooperating with these fascist, psycopaths that have highjacked your country for monetary gain. Move away from you computer keyboards and start to highlight what is going on to the sheeple. This oppression of humanity has gone on for long enough.

Anonymous said...

This post is for Bobby & Amanda Herring. We too offer assistance for the homeless and ex veterans. We'd like to hear from you. Please contact us at:

One of our goals is to help veterans and the needy. So, if there is anyone out there who'd like to support us, by all means contact us. We don't solicit funds, just items you no longer have a need for that would be of use to the homeless and our brave ex-veterans.

Anonymous said...

@Mary. What planet are you from? When you learn the truth, be sure it will be very very painful. Tsk tsk.

Anonymous said...

“It’ is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”.

Anonymous said...

though i walk through the shadow of death may i fear no evil. Live true to yourself, your inner voice will remind you of your duty to do the "wright thing".
The selfish minded are what they are and will remain so for time, their influence at present is strong but if the timid grow some balls the selfish will find themselves in a minority with limited power. Lets hope we can collectively begin to live outside the shadow of fear and stare the sun straight in the face as we move into the future.

Desert Owl said...

Did the lawmakers appoint themselves into office?
NO - the community voted them in. Thus, you can only blame yourself for creating this mess in the first place.
Casting a vote means taking a personal responsibility for the smooth running of a community/state/country. It should thus not be taken lightly.

Anonymous said...

Even Al Capone opened soup kitchens during the Great Depression.

Anonymous said...

Yeah eating out of garbage pails is safer than accepting a peanut butter and jelly sandwich from somebody who still has a conscious, unlike these government officials.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the above comment about Romney and the Salt Lake Temple Square, a few things:

First, and most importantly, Romney is not the LDS church.

Second, the LDS church has excellent programs to provide for the needy, regardless of their faith or circumstances.

Third, and the real crux of the issue, I lived in Salt Lake City for several years. I remember how it was before the policy was enacted and how it was after. I myself gave money on several occasions to directly people in need--usually between $10 and $20, and I was happy to do it. However, what people don't know is that not all of these people are homeless, or even poverty-stricken. There has been more than one instance of a person spending his time begging for money, netting a couple hundred, easy, on a busy day, and then driving back to his comfortable home. There's nothing keeping him from working (maybe he already has work, and just does this every Saturday for extra, tax-free cash,) and he certainly doesn't need it.

That's the problem they were running into in downtown SLC.

I have no problem giving some food or water or a bus ticket to someone in need, and will often give them some or all of the cash I have on hand; but I feel established charities handle these things best. Which is why this new trend of laws is so upsetting. This needs to be stopped right now.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

It's not my job to determine why someone is homeless. It's not my job to judge another. It is my job to be my brother's keeper. If I see someone in need, no power on earth will stop me from helping my brother. We are all sisters and brothers, one being, and how we treat others ultimately comes back to us.

Anonymous said...

The only permit I need to feed the homeless is The Bible. @Mary, honey with that kind off raunchy attitude you demonstrate toward your fellow human, you will be lucky to get even a toe hold into Heavens Door. Jesus NEVER just gives away salvation. It costs Somebody their life's Blood. Your exclusive fear-based reaction does not bode well for you. FEED WHOMEVER CROSSES YOUR PATH IN LIFE. F*ck THE "LAW" of man, Glorify the Law of the Lord, WHATEVER the cost.

Anonymous said...

So lets make a law so that a few people will not be able to take advantage of "begging". That is a great idea. Lets make a law that says none of our government "representatives" can unfairly take advantage of the people they serve.

Anonymous said...

every time I read a story like this it makes me want to go buy another box of ammunition...

Anonymous said...


Keveritas said...

These sick American control freaks have to be stopped in their pursuit of a Global Prison Planet, in which the citizens guard themselves and suppress their own freedoms and choices in the process.

Anonymous said...

A permit so the greedy landlords and money lenders can make more money how low can these parasites go.

Anonymous said...


Joe Geary said...

Fuck the government, this is what happens when the wrong people get all the control. And don't post anonymous, may as well not post at all.

Anonymous said...

Ebenezer Scrooge also thought of the poor and destitute as being a blight and a pestilence until the end of the story when he was fortunate enough to come to his senses, having discovered that it was he himself that was the blight and pestilence oppressing his fellow man.
Is there any hope that our modern day Scrooges will repent of their inhumane treatment of their fellow man? It doesn't look very promising.

Reverend Damien Freeze said...

This is reprehensible. Frankly, it's just
another sign of the continuing class
warfare that has become 'business as
usual' in politics. All over the nation,
cities and towns are doing their best to
make it illegal to be poor. Many towns
have passed ordinances agains
panhandling, despite the fact that the
U.S. Supreme Court has held begging to
be constitutionally-protected free
speech. Homeless people (yes, PEOPLE,
but I'll come back to that in a minute)
are being arrested for trespassing on
PUBLIC property, while wealthy tourists
loiter in the same places unmolested.
We are homeless PEOPLE, not 'The
Homeless', or tramps, or hobos, or
vagrants, or bums; we're not some sort
of disease or movement or political
organization, we're just people. Our
reasons for being on the streets are as
many and varied as we are, but we are
here, and it's harder than you think to
get OFF the streets. In fact, before you
yell 'Get a job' at the next homeless
person you see, try this little
experiment: fill out a job application as
if you were homeless; where it says
'address' and 'phone number', write
'none'. For work experience, try to
explain begging for ten years on a
resumé. Even if, by some miracle, you
should get the job, see how long you
keep it with no alarm clock, no shower,
no food until you get your first check
(usually 2 to 3 WEEKS), and only one
change of clothing. Only after you've
done all that, and kept the job, do you
have ANY right to give career advice to
a homeless person.
All I'm saying is that we're people.
We're here, there are more of us EVERY
day, and, given the current state of the
global economy, we're not going
anywhere anytime soon. If you think
homelessness is a drain on society now,
what do you think is going to happen if
you put us all in prison and have to
pay ALL of our expenses? Most
homeless people survive on $15-25 a
day...most jails cost upwards of $100
per day per do the math!

Anonymous said...

Two words, French Revolution. It's not what I want, but our "Elected" officials are doing whatever they want. We all have to come together in massive numbers to fight this. Before any of this can happen though; we all have to take their power away from them. Stop using their money and come up with currency of our own. STOP PAYING INCOME TAXES. There is no law that says we have to, and if everybody stopped, I promise you all some things would get fixed in a hurry

Compassion Ministry said...

My husband runs a ministry to the homeless out of our home. Our friends and family help to create luch bags, which include a sandwich, drink, and snack goods once a week. We feed as many as 50 people every Saturday before dawn, in Reading, Pa. The government funding homless program goes out once a month with granola bars and clip boards at 2 in the afternoon. The homeless know to scatter at dawn, so they find no one. But they pad thier numbers, and increase thier funding to justify thier own paychecks. We, on the other hand often reach into our own pockets to fund our lunch bags. We want nothing except what Jesus asks of us. What you do the the least of these, you do unto Me.

We save the trees, and kill the babies. We allow feeding of birds, but not people. We create laws against serving others, but protect corprate greed. How long will this last before this country completely destroys itself?

Anonymous said...

I'm from the UK where the word Nutter means someone who is inane. Need I say more.

Sandra said...

Let's hope the Mayans were right and the world as we know it will end in 2012 - the world of greed and control freaks who dominate our planet. The overpopulation of our planet (something we reward by giving money to people who have children). Destroying the lungs of this planet for the benefit of the greedy. We are all ruled by the mighty buck no matter what country we live in. Greed is God. This planet gives us everything we need but we abuse it. 2012 will be the year of global revolution when the decent and good people will say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and get back to what is important in life - food, clothing and shelter for all. Convert the empty offices and shops to housing. Then everyone can have a home. For every luxury home that is built, build 100 decent homes for those who have no home. ITS TIME TO GET REAL AND RESPECT OUR FELLOW HUMANS.Yes there are those that abuse the system, but they will not be allowed to do so. We are all equal - no one person is entitled to anything more than any other person. Those that work for the benefit of others are the elite - those that do nothing to help their fellow creatures on this planet deserve nothing. We should look out for each other. We should also look out for the floral and fauna of this planet as one day it could be our salvation.

Anonymous said...

In Hell, (and purgatory for that matter) the punishment fits the crime. All these evil people will suffer the exact effects of all their sins. The saints and visionaries have prophesied this....The evil ones will get their just deserts. This is my condolence for their crimes against God's people.

Anonymous said...

Listen you shtoopid mericans! Get ready for the "HOLODOMOR" it's coming to you, unless you wake up NOW!

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, my Mom fed every poor unfortunate that came along, in addition she and her girlfriends would fill shoe boxes at Xmas time with soap , toothpaste a pack of gigarettes and playing cards and htings like that and give it to them on Chritmas, the flop houses around the corner from me had beds for 50 cents a night , everyone fed them. Mayor LKoch would come around on a cold winters night rounding them all up in a big black van and getting them off the streets, in the morning they got coffee and doughnuts. He was areal mayor, Bloomberg seems ot have grown roots in NYC and no one can get rid of him, its more like his own house then the peoples city. How can you let your fellow humans suffer on a freezing night without food,? chrity begins at home and that means your neighborhood. No one ever got sick on my Mothers food or mine. This country is not what it used ot be, we have a cold Government and they are making people cold as well, they need ot leave.

john smith said...

my idea is to place bins for desperate help need streets so that the neighborhood can put there left over’s [that is there own food, cooked more then necessary not garbage] Even for those want to contribute to those who need food. And government official voluntary workers can place this bins. Any food with is not been used can be sent to recycle company on daily base for to be produce as fertilizer and make a profit as tax to government. so the amount of money spend for production of these bins will easily replaced into high profit by the income in production of fertilizer and it will be legal

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