Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lunch organizer: Don't want trouble,
just want to help the homeless

Before serving a meal to the homeless, Margaret Luger bowed her head in prayer, saying she didn’t want to cause trouble; she just wants to help.

Luger and others were back at Overton Park in Lubbuck, Texas, a week after city health inspectors informed them they couldn’t feed the homeless because they didn’t prepare the homemade food in an approved kitchen.

So this time, they brought food purchased directly from the store, not requiring any preparation, including boxes of pizza, watermelon and containers of cake.

It was more expensive, Luger said, but she assured the homeless she wouldn’t give up trying to help them.

City Councilman Todd Klein also attended the lunch as a private citizen to show his support for the Lugers. Klein said he thought the city’s health department warning to the Lugers was “over-reaching,” but said he would propose an amendment to the ordinance if that’s what it took to make sure everything was clear.

He believes the picnic lunch for the homeless falls into the category of communal and charitable in nature. “You just don’t need the government interference (in that),” Klein said.

Read the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal report here. And see previous post here.


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