Neither rain, nor city ordinances
shall stop the food sharing*
People lined up for food -- including lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs and pizza -- during the Labor Day food sharing organized by S.T.O.P. (Stop the Ordinance Partnership).
Not even a torrential downpour could halt the Labor Day food-sharing organized by S.T.O.P., the Stop the Ordinance Partnership.
Orlando Food Not Bombs, along with several churches and other groups, shared food with about 75 people at Lake Eola Park. Well, at least it started at the park. After the rain began to fall, people gathered under the overhanging roof at the corner of Osceola Avenue and Central Boulevard, adjacent** to the park.
Members of Journey and Discovery churches, East Orlando Food Not Bombs, Students for a Democratic Society, Orlando CodePink Women for Peace, the Young Communist League, First Vagabonds Church of God (a ministry by the homeless for the homeless) and the Central Florida chapter of the ACLU also participated in the food-sharing.
The purpose of the Labor Day event, according to S.T.O.P., was "to point out that -– contary to popular perceptions –- many homeless people have jobs. However, their hard work doesn't pay them enough to be able to get off the streets. S.T.O.P. believes that all work is valuable and has dignity, and that all workers deserve recognition for their contributions to our community."
* BTW, the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service comes from Herodotus' description of the expedition of the Greeks against the Persians under Cyrus, about 500 B.C. The Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers, and the sentence describes the fidelity with which their work was done. I think it's appropriate to apply it to the folks who stood in the rain and got drenched just so they could share food with people who need it.
** Section 18A.02 of the city code restricts "large group feedings" in city parks and adjacent sidewalks and rights-of-way.