March on Gainesville City Hall protests
limit on meals for the homeless
About 25 marchers walk toward Gainesville City Hall, chanting "People need to eat" and carrying signs to protest limits on how many people can be fed at St. Francis House.
About 25 people marched to City Hall in hopes of spurring the city to lift the 130-meals-a-day restriction on the St. Francis House homeless shelter.
Although the limit has been part of the St. Francis House permit since it was established in 1980, it wasn't strictly enforced until March of this year -- after a downtown developer told the City Planning Board that significantly more meals were distributed.
As a result, the homeless people who depend on the shelter's services line up at the doors earlier in the day, in greater numbers. Shelter staffers turn away those who arrive too late, said executive director Kent Vann.
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