Sunday, October 07, 2007

Despite West Palm Beach's new ordinance,
people continue to feed the homeless

In definance of West Palm Beach's new ordinance, volunteers from Food Not Bombs serve up a meal to Brian West (left) and Hector Horne.

Photo by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

People ignored the new West Palm Beach new ordinance that bans feeding the homeless in several downtown parks.

They served mashed potatoes, broccoli, corn and other hot food on Saturday to a small crowd of men and women who call themselves homeless, disabled, or the working poor.

Police officers surrounded the food-sharing, but no one was arrested.

Members of West Palm Beach Food Not Bombs feel helping the hungry is worth the potential consequences. Jordan Hunt said, "We're willing to stand up against an unjust law in order to uphold our freedoms and those that are in the most need of it."

Read the South Florida Sun-Sentinel report here and the Palm Beach Post article here. And see previous posts here and here.


At 11:29 PM, Blogger John C said...

My daughter's participated in their church's meal outreach this weekend. They kept it responsible, clean, and no mess.

Nobody served had to steal or break into a home for that food they ate that serving. It's spreading throughout the State now...cuts to funds to feed what little was done before.

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Jacqueline Dowd said...

I really don't undersand why people object to meals ... I mean, it's just a picnic in the park, isn't it?

I've been to lots of food-sharings over the past year or so, and never seen anything more serious than a brief verbal dispute.

And the stories I've heard from the people who come out to eat are fascinating.

At 11:23 PM, Blogger John C said...

In many cases in Jacksonville, it's not handled like you would at a picnic your church would do...setting up, and cleaning up before leaving.

Most feedings in Jacksonville are 'bump and jump' types, with food in trays premade up. Items are handed out, and the servers leave shortly.

The trash left is what's caused much of the ability for the NIMBYspeakers to get local feedings 'permitized' here.

Trust me...there may be groups that claim they serve in a buffet line, but it's on special occasion and in no way a regular matter in Jacksonville.

I'd like to see a homeless city here, where people could run a kitchen under a tent with donated food, produce, and local items...and feed the homeless.

:) I love peeving off the locals sometimes.

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