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City To Ban Street-Corner Feedings of Homeless

By Mike Dunn and Walt Hunter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has announced a ban on the feeding of large numbers of homeless and hungry people at sites on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Mayor Nutter is imposing the ban on all outdoor feedings of large numbers of people on city parkland, including Love Park and the Ben Franklin Parkway, where it is not uncommon for outreach groups to offer free food.

Nutter says the feedings lack both sanitary conditions and dignity.

“Providing to those who are hungry must not be about opening the car trunk, handing out a bunch of sandwiches, and then driving off into the dark and rainy night,” Nutter said.

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The city’s leading homeless advocate, Project Home’s Sister Mary Scullion, voiced tentative support for the mayor’s announcement. She said the mayor is “between a rock and a hard place” on the issue of outdoor feedings.

“I really want to thank the mayor for this courageous … this is not an easy position. But I do think it’s a great opportunity,” Scullion said.

Among the groups unhappy with the mayor’s announcement is Brian Jenkins of Chosen 300 Ministries, a homeless outreach group that does both indoor and outdoor feedings.

“The fact that city of Philadelphia is saying now that the homeless don’t have the right to eat on the Ben Franklin Parkway or eat around Center City is a clear violation of civil rights,” Jenkins explained. “It says that people that have … can eat in a certain place. But people that have not, can’t.”

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Nutter’s aides will work with the homeless groups to encourage more indoor feedings.

In the meantime, the groups will be allowed to offer food on the north apron of City Hall, provided they register with the city.

The ban on parkland feedings takes effect in 30 days. Groups that violate the outdoor feeding ban would face two warnings and then a nominal $150 fine.

Nutter says large family gatherings in the park are not affected by the ban.

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  1. Kara says:

    I understand that their intentions were for safety reasons, but these people aren’t animals. If you offer them food, they have the choice to deny it, we’re not going to shove it down their throat. Yes, there is the possibility that someone could poison the food and hand it out to people. But there is also the possibility to poison a child’s halloween candy but we don’t stop that tradition, now do we? I guess all you can really do is get a permit to hand out food to the homeless if that’s where your heart is.

  2. Forgive them father for they know now what they do... says:

    Since the Catholic Church and the Republican candidates waged war against our President for wanting every woman to have access to contraceptives…. I guess this is an appropriate time to rally against the mayor for infringing on my religious beliefs… My father in heaven tells me that it is my mandate to help those in need… It is unfortunate that everytime you turn around, we fall further and further from God’s grace. God bless this nation, founded on thieves, slavery and non believers! Only in America can Freedom be an illusion.

    1. Forgive them father for they know not what they do... says:

      *** for they know NOT what they do…

  3. poyzinsting says:

    So much for Philly being the City of Brotherly Love. The more I see things like this in America the more I believe the God they speak of when they say we are one nation under God and in God we trust is not the same God I read about in the Bible.

  4. wgbradbury says:

    Well now, why don’t we just let them sit in their own vomit, they are downcasts, people that are not needed for society to continue. we can all just watch them die!
    anyone who seriously feels that way, is first of all not a Christian, and as far as I am concerned, not a human being.

  5. hope says:

    The American people have a choice. They can

    continue on a course of apathy, selfishness and

    worship of mammon, or they can rally together with

    selflessness and concern for the welfare of their

    fellow man and future unborn generations. The

    current path, forged by a minority of privileged

    wealthy elite, will lead to the destruction of this

    country and misery on an unprecedented scale. It is

    up to each of us to show the courage of John

    Steinbeck, who without a thought for himself, stood

    up against the stones of condemnation, and spoke

    for those who were given no real voice in the halls

    of justice, or the halls of government. By doing so

    he became an enemy of the political status quo. Are

    you prepared to incur the wrath of the vested

    interests and meet their lies and propaganda with

    the fury of your own wrath in search for the truth?

    These men are sure you don’t have the courage,

    fortitude and wrath to defeat them.

  6. hope says:

    One man, one family driven from the land; this rusty

    car creaking along the highway to the west. I lost

    my land, a single tractor took my land. I am alone

    and bewildered. And in the night one family camps

    in a ditch and another family pulls in and the tents

    come out. The two men squat on their hams and the

    women and children listen. Here is the node, you

    who hate change and fear revolution. Keep these

    two squatting men apart; make them hate, fear,

    suspect each other. Here is the anlarge of the thing

    you fear. This is the zygote. For here “I lost my

    land” is changed; a cell is split and from its splitting

    grows the thing you hate–”We lost our land.” The

    danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and

    perplexed as one. And from this first “we” there

    grows a still more dangerous thing: “I have a little

    food” plus “I have none.” If from this problem the

    sum is “We have a little food,” the thing is on its

    way, the movement has direction. Only a little

    multiplication now, and this land, this tractor are

    ours. The two men squatting in a ditch, the little

    fire, the side-meat stewing in a single pot, the

    silent, stone-eyed women; behind, the children

    listening with their souls to words their minds do

    not understand. The night draws down. The baby

    has a cold. Here, take this blanket. It’s wool. It was

    my mother’s blanket–take it for the baby. This is the

    thing to bomb. This is the beginning–from “I” to

    “we.” – John Steinbeck – Grapes of Wrath

  7. JM says:

    BooBoo: Hey Yogi…where did all the other bears go?

    Yogi: I don’t know BooBoo…they all just went away after Ranger Smith posted that sign over there.

    BooBoo: Whats the sign say Yogi?

    Yogi: Ummm it says….”Warning…if you don’t feed them they will just go away.”

    BooBoo: But Yogi….I am hungry!

    Yogi: Not to worry BooBoo my boy, if they wont feed us maybe someone will give us a ride to Ranger Smiths house??? I am sure if we wait outside his house long enough he would be glad to bring us out a Picinic Basket, Right?

    BooBoo: Good idea Yogi, that’s why you’re smarter than the average bear!

  8. Klaus says:

    What’s next, Nutter? Banning the homeless from lunch counters? Signs on restrooms saying “No homeless”? Special sections for “Homeless only”?

  9. jacques_poutine says:

    Because we all know starving people don’t want food, they want dignity and a waiter? this is absolutely stupid.

  10. Aaron says:

    I checked first to see if this was an Onion story. Oh god it is not. What is ext for the overlord to command?

  11. juju says:

    Got to go fed our governor. He’s looking a little thin lately.

  12. puka mana says:

    No, Jesus, you can’t feed the Multitudes. Put down those fishes and loaves of bread. It’s against the law to turn water into wine if you give it to the homeless. Hey Jesus, against the wall mudderfoker, we’re takin you to jail, FOR BEING TOO CHRISTIAN…… Just call Nutter, JUDAS……..

  13. treas54 says:

    So “The Hunger Games Begin”
    Will Nutter be televising it as in the book?

  14. Reality Check says:

    A ban on feeding people.

    Really?

    How lazy has the mayor and his employees become?

    The mayor has the option of enforcing food safety laws if he is truly concerned about “food safety”. There are tons of such laws available on the books.

    But that would require treating everyone who prepares food the same and actually proving the food is not safe before you ban it.

    Much easier to just “ban giving food to the homeless”.

    One can only hope that in this instance a Federal Judge stands up for the right to life of the homeless as opposed to the Mayor’s right to abort the homeless by starvation.

    1. Foggy World says:

      Someone ought to give Sister Mary Scullion a copy of the New Testament because she apparenty slept through that class.

      She is disgraceful really.

  15. rpp says:

    He needs to change the name to “the city of brotherly hate”

    1. jockomofo says:

      he needs to change his own name to, “Idiot”.

  16. Reality Check says:

    The Headline to this article is misleading and inaccurate.

    The ban is on giving food to the homeless so they can eat in public parks or other public land in certain parts of the city.

    The ban is not on giving out food on street corners as the headline states.

    The ban also does not, apparently apply, to anyone other than the homeless.

  17. kendrick1 says:

    Do you suppose the mayor has ever tried to eat a plate of “sanitary conditions,” or a plate of “dignity?”

  18. Kathy Mitro says:

    To make the general public aware of of laws like this , we have set aside Sunday April 1, 2012 as FOOD IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE Day of Compassion
    http://www.foodnotbombs.net/ The purpose of this day is to have all the laws like this rescinded and to prevent new ones from coming into existence. There are so many of you rightly outraged by this please show your support by honoring this day. Flyer for day at above link. It’s all about the love.

  19. Quickledo says:

    Just the government weeding out the competition. How can they justify raising taxes, to care for the homeless, if the homeless are already being fed.

  20. ed says:

    why are all these people homeless——-obama said the stimulus would create millions of jobs——–were are all these jobs——-why is philly so messed up—-these are the questions that need answers

    1. beazr says:

      a solution. Give all the homeless in the country a bus pass and a tent. Send them to the whitehouse front lawn. Now the elites have to see it everyday, what they created.

  21. J says:

    IF YOU ARE WORRIED YOUR FOOD IS NOT SAFE, THEN DONT EAT IT!!

  22. John says:

    What a heartless act. This is nothing but discrimination against the homeless. I can make a lunch and eat it in a park, but not give food to a homeless person. The mayor says it is an issue of food safety. What is he saving the homeless from, the high cholesterol in my bologna sandwich?

    Come to Philadelphia, were you can eat lunch in a park and feed a squirrel, but not a poor homeless person. I am glad that a few groups, including Occupy, are already organizing protests and will feed homeless people in opposition to the Mayor’s ban.

    How can you be a bad ass in Philly? Give a homeless person some food.

    How much does lunch cost in Philadelphia? $150.00 if you give it to someone who needs it.

    This just makes me so angry.

  23. 7cedars says:

    And that’s how the Democrats help other folks.

  24. hope says:

    Steinbeck presciently realized that the suffering of the working class was not due to bad weather, bad luck, or the actions of the working class. It was caused by the rich ruling elite wielding their power and influence across the land in their effort to enrich themselves by any means necessary
    Steinbeck’s feelings about the people he was writing about can be summed up in this passage:

    “If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”
    “Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there.

  25. Reflection says:

    A typical incompetent, corrupt big city mayor trying to sweep his failures under the rug. The people who want to feed the homeless will probably have to bribe this mayor to let them practice Christian charity.

  26. AG says:

    What does the mayor know about dignity ? His actions have shown he is okay with making it harder for struggling people to get food simply because the city wants their new museum on the ben franklin parkway to look pretty when it opens in the next month or so…pathetic.

  27. Paul says:

    What is really going on here? This has nothing to do with hygiene and dignity. It’s to do with getting homeless people out of the way.

    http://qotbpaul.blogspot.com/2012/03/city-of-brotherly-insert-word-here.html

    1. Carolyn says:

      Watch YouTube “KBaker Homeless” taped in Phila. This is real, these are people for God’s sake

  28. Cat says:

    The mayor cares more about appearances than people who are hungry.
    The mayor cares more about “order” than about fundamental rights
    The mayor cares more about centrally directed and permitted charity than spontaneous and free expressions of love for fellow humans

    Mayor Nutter is not a real American he is some kind of coward bureaucrat and he should be spat upon.

    Fundamental freedoms, like eating and charity, are INALIENABLE rights, the mayor doesn’t have the authority to restrict this non-violent gathering

  29. luke linshed says:

    Has anyone else thougth that this is simply a brillent way to hinder OWS philly? with the up coming “hipster spring” this seems like a easy was to lay waste if you will to the tented army of idiots.

  30. Bruce says:

    Someone mentioned free condoms. Condoms…whatever happened to calling them a rubber?

  31. Jen says:

    Think, in the minds of most homeless people, what will you eat, now that these organizations are gone? Trash. Some unethical reasons someone would promote this law: for the same reason hunters can kill dear, to reduce population. Limited food source is like hunting humans to reduce population. Homelessness is growing because people are losing jobs. That could be anyone. If the government wants to do this then the government should cover the cost to help organizations continue working under their guidelines or creating more food stations indoor and regulated for homeless. It is unethical to put a law in place to charge people to help people. A law that’s said to raise standards when in truth, what will homeless people eat?

    1. Jen says:

      Three people got arrested in Orlando for feeding homeless more then 25 sandwiches. Under 25 and they wouldn’t have gone to jail.

      1. Cat says:

        What a wicked and evil thing to arrest a man for giving the hungry food !

        Time to get out the tar and feathers, these bureaucrat are destroying the spirit of America and our freedom

      2. OneCanOnlyDream says:

        I would like to see a city banning law breaking cops from threatening civilians. Much of the news is made up after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

    2. cneubauer says:

      This is why we need to get the government out of the picture. Local organizations could handle these situations far better than a bunch of politicians that seek to please the groups that keep them in power.

  32. caleejr says:

    It’s Public Land. P-U-B-L-I-C…..meaning YOU don’t own it mayor. The people of Philadelphia Own it. You’re just a steward elected to manage it. Telling people they can not be charitable because they’re not doing it YOUR WAY is wrong.

  33. retired says:

    We need to be discussing more serious issues.

    Free condoms for all

    Condoms prevent unwanted pregnancy and protect women’s health by preventing STDs.

    The Obama administration is guilty of sexual discrimination.

    Free condoms for all.

    1. Vicky Bevis says:

      It’s not just for women’s health that condoms prevent; it’s MEN’S too!

      1. Cat says:

        Look idiot, He doesn’t want free condoms, he is making fun of how cheap women are for demanding the state send armed thugs steal off other people so they can get a church pay for their abortions.

        I am sick of all the mooching women who want “free” stuff.
        Contraception costs $20 a month, so why don’t you get a job and pay for it yourself like a responsible ADULT. (as opposed to a woman, female or whatever other protected class you want to stick in there)

      2. dog says:

        If you can’t afford birth control then maybe you should be looking for a job instead of having sex

      3. Mikey says:

        But, But, African American Men wont wear a Condom!

  34. Gibbs Bentley says:

    Imagine if someone did a forensic audit and investigation into this guy and his government of thugs? Government is always the first to be committing real crime, theft and graft. Time to investigate these power tripping ego maniacs that are spending your money on worthless programs. Show me the accounting.

    http://911essentials.com

  35. whodat1 says:

    Riddle me this… Does this apply the the QWS demonstrations???

  36. Mme Don says:

    Does the mayor’s decision have anything to do with the Barnes Museum about to open on the parkway? Why is this being done now? It’s all very curious.

    1. shacte says:

      indeed. I have a catering company and I do feed homeless in front of the library on the parkway……Nutter is a disgrace. this is no time to stop helping people. When people look back on this is will be in a negative way and a black eye for Nutter and his team….and they deserve it.

      1. glenp says:

        it’s CRIMINALS such as you that perpetuate the problem. Name your company so I may avoid it

  37. rockitrollitcom says:

    Officer: I’m sorry sire, but you can’t do that here.

    Jesus: Do what?

    Officer: Feed these people, sir. They’re homeless. I’ll have to ask you to put those baskets away…

    Jesus: Yo Jim EE! We got a problem..

  38. DAve says:

    The occupy movement will starve to death.

  39. caligula says:

    aw man…one question: but can we still pet them?

    1. Richard says:

      That was the funniest comments I have ever read on any comments section!!! Awesome!!!

    2. Andrew says:

      Best reply.

  40. offended says:

    Folks-
    this has nothing to do with food, homelessness or the like. This has everything to do with a few of the powers that be in Philly did not enjoy what they saw when being driven from point A to point B. They complained to their handlers and the handlers put pressure on the mayor. Nutter has bigger fish to fry than addressing sandwiches coming out of a car trunk.

  41. Brushjumper says:

    Phila, as most American cities are the new reservations for minorities, poverty, crime, UNWED Mothers, school dropouts(76%), 50 percent illiteracy rate, corrupt unions, abortions, drugs, gangs, gangsters, guns, abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, school truancy, car-jacking, human depravity, cronyism, incompetence, arrogance, 7 out of 10 murders remain unsolved, unemployment rate is 32.9%, and general entitlement living. They have become this way (AS WE ALL KNOW) from the liberal progressive mindset of spread the wealth. With Aid to Dependent Children, (73% Out of Wedlock) minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children and all on American taxpayer dollars.

  42. Larry says:

    Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

    1. Linda says:

      Kudos

  43. Kelvin says:

    In the National Parks there are signs warning people not to feed the animals because they will become needy and dependent.

  44. derfel cadarn says:

    Will the mayor also shut down all carry away food service and street vendors to preserve our dignity? Or is the fact that money is exchanged and permits purchased and taxes paid the pivotal factor. As the American economy collapses and more families become homeless we must keep them in the shadows so that our “leaders” are not inconvenienced by seeing them. It too sharply reminds them that their policies have failed the very people they took an oath to protect> Mr Mayor if this gnaws at your conscience then maybe you should attempt to help by aiding business in creating jobs in your territory of influence. If that isn’t too much trouble>

    1. Reality Check says:

      Sad.

      But very, very true.

  45. Neil says:

    He thinks they are like Canada geese who won’t migrate if you feed them.

  46. Mike says:

    I’m a conservative republican, but I have to say that I agree with the mayor. Many homeless are on the streets per their own volition, but some of these folks are mentally ill also. Regardless of the reason why, it’s not a good idea to look after them in a way that puts them on display. Its not pleasant to see, and I’m sure that they wouldn’t care for those who are better off gawking at them.

  47. Rich says:

    You think Philadelphia’s not allowing people to help the hungry in their parks is bad, the governor of Michigan when alot farther. He took away a $200 tax deduction to homeless shelters, imposed an income tax on retirer’s pensions while at the same time giving a $1,600,000,000.00 tax break to his crony business friends.

  48. Bobebarn says:

    Just like the pidgeons – ya feed ’em means they’ll just keep hanging around and deficating everywhere

    1. max says:

      I never been robbed nor my wife insulted by a pidgeon.

  49. Mr. Wee Wee says:

    Mr. Wee Wee sez “yOu gO girl” and STAND FIRM behind Barack!

  50. John says:

    “Providing to those who are hungry must not be about opening the car trunk, handing out a bunch of sandwiches, and then driving off into the dark and rainy night,” Nutter said.

    Oh? How come? If the end result is that some hungry people have something to eat that day, why do we care about whether the sandwiches came out of a car trunk? Who’s running that place anyway, Martha Stewart? Swear to God, I have no idea how or why Americans grew so spiteful and selfish over the last 25 years. We have EVERYTHING in this country, people; maybe a little mercy and compassion toward those less fortunate is called for.

    1. arch9701 says:

      This is because Democrats don’t want private (especially religious) charities feeding the poor. What they really want is for the poor to be completely and only reliant on government for their subsistence.

  51. Tim T-Bone says:

    No problem, simply invite them to City Hall and feed them indoors. Or better yet, invite them all over to Nutter’s home and feed them in his dining room.

  52. Today says:

    What took him so long

    1. oldbill07 says:

      They have added the homeless to the list, you can’t feed the pigeons or ducks in the park. Of course they want the homeless to forage in supermarket and restaurant trash and that would be OK.

  53. LIBERTY NOW says:

    Lacks dignity, really. Those that lack dignity are the so called law makers, the corporate elite and the banking elite , the scoundrels that have been advancing corrupt policies and systems for decades. Prepare for more poverty , hunger and loss of liberties. The Republic is gutted and bleeding.God Bless the poor.

  54. Kaitara says:

    If the donators, have food handling licenses and the food is prepared and packaged properly and kept at the right temperature, up to the point of handing it out, what is the problem. It is cheaper, than buying or renting a building, and staff, and utilities….oh I get it..without all that the city doesn’t get taxes…… Now I see…They wanna get PAID for decent people doing a decent thing.

    1. cneubauer says:

      I believe the homeless are being used by the cities and towns to keep us allocating money to the causes, and when the local churches or other oragnizations step in to help it threatens our dependence on government to solve our problems. If they can convince us that we need them to keep us safe from ourselves only then will they be able to stay in power. If the homeless situation in our country was handled locally by the citizens, the problem would have been solved a long time ago.

  55. Franklin Mints says:

    ‘feeding’ is used here like cattle. making it illegal for folks to help in large portions is insane. Its a scale issue, and usually it costs less to feed more at the same time than the other way around. Freaking wackos trying to control every aspect of your life, even when you want to help the most in time of need. Un-freaking-believable.

  56. Halloo. says:

    ‘Outdoor feedings?’ They’re not a herd of animals. They’re the destitute, and many out of political mismanagement. Mayor.
    You know what lacks dignity? NOT EATING at all.
    Too politically correct to allow a sandwich out of the back of a trunk.
    What’s the alternative, starting tomorrow morning?

  57. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    Is there dignity in hunger?

  58. jeremy.s says:

    I haven’t read all the below comments, so I apologize if this has already been addressed, but how would this law effect block parties, church gatherings, and other non-family related events where food distribution is present and no permit is acquired? Would they also be subject to the same repercussions?

  59. Nick says:

    I love it. Go eat somewhere else away from my neighborhood. Whiners whine on.

    1. PAT TAXPAYER says:

      HEY NICK, DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF…NEVER SAY NEVER. YOU WERE NOT BROUGHT UP RIGHT HON…UNFORUNATELY THIS COULD BE YOU …JUST WAIT ..GET YOUR TISSUES READY ….GOD BLESS YOU…PAT

  60. Parker says:

    Big city leftist politicians are insane.

    Either we figure out how to get rid of them or they will destroy our nation.

  61. George W. says:

    This is a smart decision and the mayor deserves kudos for having the courage to address this difficult problem. Anyone who thinks they’re improving someone’s life condition by handing out food is incredibly naive… Handing out sandwiches does nothing to address any of the underlying life conditions that perpetuate a person’s homelessness (mental illness, drug addiction, lack of education/life skills, homes, joblessness). This is the real tragedy of those that try to help by feeding the homeless on the parkway. Their hearts are in the right place, but they end up perpetuating the conditions that hold people back from improving their standing. Read the book “Sweet Charity” if you want to hear more.

  62. Parker says:

    The city of big brotherly hate.

    TAKE YOU CONTROL FREAK REGULATIONS AND STICK THEM!

    And yet the sheep just keep voting the leftist totalitarians back into power every year.

    Trading freedom for free stuff. Soon you will have no more freedom to trade.

    1. PAT TAXPAYER says:

      I AGREE WITH YOU…FREEDOM IS NOT IN THE DICTIONARY ANY MORE…SOON THEIR WILL BE NO DICTIONARY..THEY TOOK THE ENCYCLOPEDIA AWAY…NEXT IT WILL BE THE DICTIONARY OR THEY MIGHT AS WELL REWORD IT TO THE DICTATORNARY…NEXT WE WILL BE DOING DOOR TO DOOR FINING ON WHAT COLOR UNDERWARE PEOPLE ARE WEARING OR POSS BE FINED FOR NOT CHANGING YOUR UNDERWAIR EVERY DAY..!! WHATEVER…THERE IS NO MORE FREEDOM…I THINK WE KISSED THAT GOODBYE OR MAYBE JUST IMAGINED IT EVER EXISTED.

  63. Parker says:

    City of big brotherly hate. Out of control Marxist Democrats want to ban private charity (from the White House on down).

    They resent private humanitarians stepping on the Democrat plan to steal votes by creating TOTAL dependency on leftist government totalitarians.

    Just look at the behavior of government union workers. Spoiled, violent, arrogant and out of control. Yeah, we need lots more of THEM.

    1. Daisy says:

      Agree. The use of the term ‘feeding’ (as in don’t feed the bears in the zoo) is indicative of a huge disconnect from charity. But what else is new in Lefty Land?

  64. Anonymous Comment says:

    Philadephia — The city that hates you back.

  65. Chaplain Joe Bednarsky Jr says:

    I happen to be with a ministry that has been feeding the homeless in Philly for years now and it is not about the safety of the food but Mayor Michael Nutter being Anti-Homeless:-(

    http://www.godistheanswerministries.com

    http://www.joebednarsky.com

    1. Steelman says:

      No, he isn’t and you know it. It is about the indignity of being fed handouts by misguided bleeding hearts. It is a public space, meaing it does not belong to the homeless or any others specific group. Do you have an alternative to open air feeding? How about a space where there are chairs and tables? Someplace protected from the elements. Isn’t that a more fitting environment to serve these people? Do you think it is respectful to have those in need line up publicly and on display? They deserve better than that…

  66. SonofLiberty says:

    We obviously have all been rightly corrected. After all, private charity is inherently evil because it detracts resources from government administered charity. Private charioty with our money – bad; government charity with our money — good . Private sector is bad. Public sector is good.
    Pirivate sector spending, no mulitplier effect. Government spending , big mulitplier effect.
    Taxpayer money as vouchers for parents to choose school for their child — bad;
    Taxpayer money for government to choose school for your child — good.
    We are bad; the government is good.
    I think we get the message now.

    1. Parker says:

      Obama tried to cut of the tax deduction for charitable giving. He got slapped down. He tried to tell the Catholic Church how to run its business. He got slapped down.

      Obama is a jealous master who wants to be the ONLY one doing all the giving and micromanaging our lives.

      Obama MUST go or we will lose all that has made this nation great. He has turned the federal government into a monster which will devour us all.

      1. nygrump says:

        How many yuans do you get paid to post stuff like this?

    2. K33tanz says:

      They have to find some cause to launder all that money, right?

  67. JAG says:

    The City of Brotherly Love, eh. This is hilarious.

    1. karl anglin says:

      And the mayor is court jester!

      1. GovernmentTakesOverTheMedia says:

        Honestly much of the news is made up after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

  68. freecheese says:

    I have NO problem with feeding the needy, but it should be done under sanitary conditions, just as the restaurants, hot dog stands, and the salvation army kitchens: inspected by the health department . Shoot, a kid can’t even open a lemonaid stand without a permit now!

    1. Macfad says:

      Yeah, I’d hate for all those “unsanitary” germs to mix with all that dirt, parasites, and dirty underwear that hasn’t been changed in two weeks along with all the filthiness the homeless have while sleeping in urine stained cardboard boxes out behind the dumpsters where stray dogs and vermin mingle and defecate. No no….we must ensure the food they eat doesn’t have any possible germs on it.

    2. Mike Cragar says:

      How is it any different for cooking for your kids? Will we all now have to be inspected and licensed by the gubmint in order to make food for others like our kids, their freinds, or people we invite over for dinner? Potlucks are now to be pre-inspecyed and licenxed at work?

    3. Frank says:

      Better they starve eh?

    4. Daisy says:

      Actually, you do appear to have a problem w/feeding the hungry. And if you believe the health department is doing an excellent job of inspecting commercial kitchens, there’s a bridge in Brklyn that you might be interested in buying.

      Incidentally, the govt. should also get it’s thieving paws out of entrepreneurial kid’s pockets.

    5. dee says:

      If someone doesn’t feed these people they run to the dumpsters behind restaurants. How sanitary is that. If someone is going to the trouble to feed the homeless there is NO way on earth they will be dirty. For goodness sakes these people don’t even shower for days on end. They are hungry! Feed them! Nothing worse than being hungry.

  69. Scott L Desselle says:

    You would think with all the federal and state programs and billion of tax payer dollars being spent, every year, that this would go away. But then that would mean by throwing money and government at a problem, it fix it and we all know that NEVER HAPPENS. How about all the PNPs that clame to feed the homeless and assist the homeless, where does all their money go??

    1. PowerPC says:

      A large portion of the homeless and hungry could be given a roof over their heads and at least one hot meal a day using the money from just one of Obama’s stimulus funds that did absolutely no good. I would have no problem with my tax dollars going to a worthy cause to help people. I do have a problem with the government giving half-billion dollar loans to a “green” company and they go bankrupt 6 months later. The sad thing is that if Obama did decide to do something like this he wouuld create an entire new bureau to distribute the funds and determine who was really needy. By the time that was completed say good bye to the money…

  70. kmbrlb says:

    Can’t feed them. OK. Then give them a hand out with directions to the Mayor’s home and to any of his local relatives.

  71. A former P:hilly resident says:

    Here comes the problem with giving food/meals to people living rough/on the streets.

    My neighbor allowed a homeless gentleman to stay in his garden shed last year, taking meals out for him to eat. So far so good. None of the neighbors said anything.

    After a couple of weeks the gentleman, who began collecting cans out of trash recepticles and off the land to turn in for money, began filling up his own “receptcles”/found containers with the refuse. So far nothing happens.

    After another week, an unusual odor began becoming prevelant up and down the alley behind the houses, in back yards. Children stopped walkng up and down the alley to and from school it became so repugnant. Now something is up.

    Finally one neighbor kept watch in the morning when the old gentleman woke up, stumbled out of the shed with alchohol container in his hand and then “relieved” himself of both urine and feces in the yard(s) which are not fenced in. He had not bathed in the months he lived in the shed, the odor from his body, combined with the odor of human waste along with the odor from his discarded alchohol bottles and cans had become toxic for half a block in eithe direction.

    Neighbors finally with remorse had to call the city inspector and report this. The neighbor that had been housing the man denied he was living there. But he was not seen again after that day so no one knew where he actually went. But it took 9 months or so for the odor of the waste to leave the area.

    Sometimes it is not the “meal” that is the problem. It’s the human waste that comes along with consumption.

    1. Keystone says:

      These were not neighbors with remorse.
      They saw the “waste” but failed to see the “human” behind that waste.
      One person acted to help.
      Why not the rest pitch in with a simple Johnny Pot (portable, rental) for the problem you could all “see”.

      A lifetime of reward come INSIDE those who help people stranded on the OUTSIDE.

      Do not take a chance on your health or well being; call proper help.
      But when that help can be YOU, do it, and reap the joy from helping a fellow human.

      The poorest countries in Africa never hesitate to help one another.
      The wealthy USA hoards what it has, to have even more some day.
      We need to reconstruct what it means to be fully human in this land.

      Helping someone in ned is NEVER wrong.
      The reward if you need one, comes inside your own heart, as you become a better person to society. Thanks for considering that.

      1. Kathy Mitro says:

        Dear Keystone, I absolutely love the way you think!!!

    2. Joe says:

      Nine months? Really?

      When you exxagerate that blatantly, you lose a lot of believability.

    3. mikey says:

      You are exactly correct in what you are saying. I used to be homeless, when I was an alcoholic homless man, when I was in my twenties. And, I did indeed live in similar type of conditions as you have depicted. I got over my problems when I became a “born again Christian”. But, one of the things that led me to the Lord, is that “doors” began shutting, and I had no where to turn to, except to God. As long as people are trying to build their egos, by enabling the problem of homelessness, then we can expect the issue of homelessness to be around for some time. Another, variable in the homeless problems is that many people earn a living “helping the homeless”. So, if homelessness were to be solved, many people will lose their jobs.

  72. UnPCdMOM says:

    If the homeless can’t be fed ‘outdoors’; the for sure Occupy whatever Philly better not be allowed to have kitchen or food services OUTDOORS. Other than that I find it imbecilic to outlaw feeding the homeless at a state/city level while the Feds are manuevering to have taxpayers fund recreational birth control. I’d much rather donate to a charity that HELPS the homeless with food, clothes, medical, employment & training and self esteem issues than pay even one cent for a college kid/adult to have recreational sex. Pay for it yourself! WE did!

  73. Keystone says:

    I live on the far side of Pennsylvania from Philly.
    Plenty of homeless here, and a businessman “offered” them to anyone who would come down and take them out of his “backyard”.

    The park they harbored was demolished of massive trees, gazebo, and picnic tables for al……so they could not use them.

    Th business has an international clientele of visitors to his place. Can’t have them glancing out to a park of homeless.

    The park was rebuilt, new sidewalks, tiny trees, clean and efficient to walk through, but not stay. No money was appropriated to feed the hungry.

    YOUR story makes me sad to be a Pennsylvania resident, as did ours.
    None of us are higher than the least among us. Give them a hand up any time you can, in any way you can. They could be any of us on any given day to come.

    1. blondie says:

      Its the governments way of taking over your responsibility as a human being to be generous to others.This way they can create another govt program with our money and control us.

      1. Keystone says:

        When my Maker inquires of MY meeting my responsibilities to my fellow man, I am contented we will enjoy the discussion.

        I do agree government is in more of a need of a diet, than the homeless.

        But in a country, with decline in some areas, we have food galore. I am inclined to have that food shared with anyone who is hungry, especially the homeless.

        My own brother came home from war, divorced, and traveled away.
        I asked his ex wife where he was.

        “Under a bridge” she told me
        “Can you narrow that down?” I asked.
        “In Florida”.

        I traveled the state until I found him.
        He is now in a Vet’s Hospital, pretty messed up.

        I returned to Oregon to work, and found MORE homeless there than in Florida.
        Florida is a transient population to begin with.
        The stable population in Oregon seemed to have a heart for their fellow man, knowing it could be them.

        I returned to PA to take care of mom. She died.

        If you plan on going to Heaven any time, there are 4 walls and each wall has 3 Gates. I will meet you just inside the Middle Eastern Gate of Heaven, and hopefully laugh with the fun people we meet there.

        Until then, skip government, and do the best you can, for as many as you can.
        Thanks.

      2. mikey says:

        Your are right in what you are stating, blondie. I shared an opinion earlier, but left out that I do, at times and when I feel the Lord is leading me, help the homeless. I have often taken in a homeless man, and a woman once, and helped them get on their feet.
        I noticed in college, in a course in social work, that in the early years of our country, helping people who had differrent types of problems, and which could lead to homelessness, either ther individual’s own family, or the church would the ones to help the person out.
        But, down through the years, the government has stepped in to fill this role; until where we are at this time–with the government trying to shut out the church, all-together in bestowing charity–except when the government has it’s fun in irritating the churches into doing something that goes against their religion, e.g. contraceptives.
        Ane here again, I believe when the government steps into a place that the church used to fill, the gov. does it to gain the “glory” for their “good works”, and that particuliar administration, instead, gets the honor that comes from helping the poor–instead of the church.

  74. Enigma says:

    Stop looking for the anti-christ, he’s living well in Philadelphia.

    1. Sue Bell says:

      I guess he would have slammed Jesus’ behind in jail, what with all those loaves and fishes being consumed outdoors.

  75. nutters-heart says:

    No Nutter, YOU lack empathy. But since you’re worried about “dignity,” how about weening all the illegals (ie your voters) off welfare and other social programs that the city’s taxes are going towards? You are less of a human. If you’ve cared to notice your tax base in that city is dropping, you know why you heartless animal, the smart people are LEAVING.

  76. TJP says:

    Some people are homeless because they have nowhere to go. But some are homeless because they actually prefer being homeless, and a lot are homeless because they’re drug addicts or alcoholics. And there’s no inherent “dignity” in being homeless – if there were, there’d be no motivation to try to better your position. If it reduces mess to eat indoors, then by all means eat indoors.

    The people handing out food, while their hearts are in the right place, are probably not also cleaning up the mess left around afterwards. Namely, leftovers that attract vermin and spread disease. The taxpayers get stuck subsidizing that.

    1. remmy says:

      Some homeless are mentally challenged and may prove a threat to themselves and others. Legally, a police officer can not make that determination and can’t take any action until a violation has been committed.

  77. N. Hampshire says:

    There must be plenty of abandon, foreclosed houses and commercial buildings in Philly. We waste so much money on nothing in this country. Get some of that wasted stimulus money from the Democrats in DC, fix up some properties and feed them there. Some practical thinking and common decency can pull us out of this mess we are of a country. Get back our pride Americans

    1. Frank says:

      Waste of money, I don’t want my taxpayer dollars renovating foreclosed homes.

  78. YeahRight says:

    Why is it that democrats pine for the poor and homeless but are the first to throw them under the bus? And the lame stream media says nothing but boo!!!

  79. coffeedrinker says:

    This is why real people don’t live in the city anymore……stupid greedy democrats running big cities into the ground who are losing touch with society. Maybe it would be better to see the homeless digging out of trash cans for the half eaten veggie wrap that some city yuppie threw away because they were full from their Grande Starbucks drink!

  80. Bippy Bellito says:

    The city is a dump. The corruption starts ad City Hall and extends in all directions. The mayor, City Council, the school administrators, the police…..all need to go!

  81. GStefan says:

    Let them eat cake! Just let them do it inside! No one is allowed to challenge the establishments homeless plantation The Dems got to keep them on the plantation.

  82. Tricia says:

    I am OFFENDED by the term feedings, indoor or outdoor, are these animals, pigeons??????
    PEOPLE IN NEED of housing and food can be given MEALS or food anywhere, its about compassion and charity. If the language you are using to describe serving hungry people is any example of your mindset, you should be working with Zoo animals, not people. Any compassionate reasoning you can use after this “feedings” terminology is feigned.

    1. Springer Rider says:

      ” you should be working with Zoo animals”
      They are.

    2. Walnut says:

      Excellent comment. This bothered me as well. I was going to blame the bi-line person at CBS but the mayor used the term in the video. Acts of charity are a crime now…what next?

      Where there is Hunger, Law is not regarded; and where Law is not regarded, there will be Hunger. Ben Franklin

    3. Jeff says:

      I, too, was offended by the term feedings. The use of the word does shed light on the mindset of the civil “servant” who has “imposed” this ban. I am unfamiliar with Pennsylvania government structure but it does seem a bit odd that the mayor can “impose” something.

  83. christie says:

    what if the volunteers brought the food in a picnic basket and sat on the lawn with the homeless? It would be no different from the large family picnic doing the same, so that cant be illigal if they did it picnic style otherwise the idea that it is a sanitation issue is a lie because there is no difference between me having a picnic with my brother and me having a picnic with a homeless person

    1. Kathy Mitro says:

      dear christie While your idea of a picnic seems a great one, to skirt the laws it doesn’t “fool” the law enforcers. i was having picnics in Daytona Beach with my friends yes friends after sharing food with them every day for 3 months and I was still surrounded by police and threatened with arrest and fine ever though that particular day the number of people was about 15. I have tried everything including having 1 single hungry person take the food and distributing it himself. Still almost busted. Now I take 3 of them in my car to a picnic area and it works but I only get to share food with 3 of them at a time

  84. Chris Scott says:

    I guess you’re not homeless if you’ve been starved to death.

    /Sad indeed

    1. Bonnie says:

      You said just what I was thinking. Easy to say don’t feed them when one hasn’t felt hunger themselves.

  85. Tiza says:

    I just bet that Nutter has never been extremely hungry before, and maybe he needs to get a chance to see how it feels so he can gain empathy for others. Too much evil attitudes going on in the US right now.

  86. linxudood says:

    what will you do Mayor when you are hungry? BTW: Outdoor feeding makes it sound like you are in a petting zoo. So disrespectful.

  87. Kayhla says:

    Jesus is dead, at least in America, and this is the proof. God bless the homeless, there will be a lot more of them soon. Maybe they will have the courage to stand up for freedom, while all of those who have so much sit around and do nothing. They have nothing left to lose, while we lose our freedoms. As for people like Q… you are lost, and may we never find you.

  88. Louis Shipp says:

    Friggin Democrats… loot the city and then starve out the people who have been most adversely affected by Democrat policies. Who’s going to have compassion for the people who are suffering so? At least if they get to eat, they might have hope for a better day. Let them starve at the hands of Democrats and they end all chances for a better future.

  89. AlbertG says:

    Nutter’s flippant comment about people providing food to the homeless is disgusting. They don’t just open their trunks and throw sandwiches to people. They make the food, pay for the food, drive down to distribute it while Nutter sits on his lazy but(t) and makes snarky comments about actual concerned people doing something.

    Nutter’d rather stop something good than do something to resolve the issue.

  90. Keith says:

    Kinda looks like this is directed at the occupiers (small o) doesn’t it?

  91. mike taye says:

    awesome. get them off the parkway. seriously

  92. George says:

    My church has vowed to defy the ban. What would Jesus do?

    1. Daisy says:

      Speaking of churches, it would be far better for churches to take on the job of housing/feeding/tending to the homeless than government.

      Of course, in order for churches to do charitable work, more people would need to attend church and support – with considerable time and money – charitable endeavors. And, there my friend is the rub.

      Glad to communicate w/someone who is actually part of the solution rather than just flailing about in the problem.

  93. ms says:

    Why not pass a ban on feeding the corrupt politicians’ steeling money in city hall or working on fixing the budget crisis? No the are passing bans on feeding the homeless and building a 50 million dollar ice skating rink at city hall. What a joke this city is turning into.

    1. Fred says:

      Just look up “Nutter” in a dictionary of British slang

    2. Tiza says:

      Great point, and I don’t live there. Doesn’t make any sense at all to do that, does it? I agree.

  94. QQQqqqq says:

    “So, if I have a large gathering with friends or Tailgate party, it’s OK”

    NO, it’s not OK. You are not allowed to have a party on the Parkway, especially tailgating with alcoholic beverages.

  95. Nick Rumpl says:

    So, if I have a large gathering with friends or Tailgate party, it’s OK.
    But feeding the homeless is a health hazard! Wow, what a hypocrite.
    Why don’t you put the homeless, poor people in camps or brand them with star of David, so nobody gets hurt, when they try to survive.Dignity? What dignity they eat to survive. And for you sister, did Jesus say lets get inside when he feed the hungry or poor, because it’s not dignified or sanitary.
    The homeless will not dissappear or vanish, right now it seems they are growing,because of greed, from the rich and mighty.
    To fine those, who try to help them, is not the solution.

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