But there is no regulation on public feeding to homeless people – and there should be!
Whenever a community tries to pass laws to govern or ban public feeding, all the homeless advocates come out and scream about how such a ban would be wrong.
I am guessing that if I stayed most the afternoon over twenty churches would have come and fed the same people that day.
Interesting enough, the Bowery Rescue Mission is right around the corner.
If all of those churches had taken their food to the Bowery Rescue Mission (also the same Jesus) the Bowery Rescue Mission could have saved on their food budget and spent the money saved on housing, jobs, and health services.
I realize it’s not as sexy to stand up in front of the church folk on Sunday morning saying that you “helped another organization” rather than saying “you fed the lost.” But the truth is, if churches would simply coordinate and work with other organizations, together we’d make a serious impact in fighting homelessness and getting people off the streets.
As sick as that is, at the time, public feeding was not regulated so there were no laws to stop such abuse.Often you’ll see a big ‘A’ in a window and occasionally a ‘B’.The rating lets consumers know the food is healthy and prepared using sanitary conditions.When I was producing a weekly TV show on homelessness, we were featuring a ministry that fed people under a bridge.We met a large homeless man with an established camp under a bridge to interview.
Often we can begin to establish relationships that will help that person get out of homelessness.