It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States



By: Michael Snyder,
The Economic Collapse.

What would you do if a police officer threatened to arrest you for trying to share a sandwich with a desperately hungry homeless woman that really needed it?  Such a notion sounds absolutely bizarre, but this is actually happening in major cities all over the United States.  More than 50 large U.S. cities have adopted “anti-camping” or “anti-food sharing” laws in recent years, and in many of these cities the police are strictly enforcing these laws.  Sometimes the goal appears to be to get the homeless people to go away.  Apparently the heartless politicians that are passing these laws believe that if the homeless can’t get any more free food and if they keep getting thrown into prison for “illegal camping” they will eventually decide to go somewhere else where they won’t be hassled so much.  This is yet another example of how heartless our society is becoming.  The middle class is being absolutely shredded and poverty is absolutely exploding, but meanwhile the hearts of many Americans are growing very cold.  If this continues, what is the future of America going to look like?

An organization called Love Wins Ministries made national headlines recently when police in Raleigh, North Carolina threatened to arrest them if they distributed sausage biscuits and coffee to homeless people living in the heart of the city.  Love Wins Ministries had been doing this for years, but now it is apparently illegal.  The following is from someone who was actually there

On the morning of Saturday, August, 24, Love Wins showed up at Moore Square at 9:00 a.m., just like we have done virtually every Saturday and Sunday for the last six years. We provide, without cost or obligation, hot coffee and a breakfast sandwich to anyone who wants one. We keep this promise to our community in cooperation with five different, large suburban churches that help us with manpower and funding.

On that morning three officers from Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested.

Our partnering church brought 100 sausage biscuits and large amounts of coffee. We asked the officers for permission to disperse the biscuits to the over 70 people who had lined up, waiting to eat. They said no. I had to face those who were waiting and tell them that I could not feed them, or I would be arrested.

Does reading that upset you?

It should.

And this is not just happening in Raleigh – this is literally happening all over the country.

In Orlando, Florida laws against feeding the homeless were actually upheld in court…

Since when is it illegal to give somebody food? In Orlando FL, it has been since April 2011, when a group of activists lost a court battle against the city to overturn its 2006 laws that restrict sharing food with groups of more than 25 people. The ordinance requires those who do these “large” charitable food sharings in parks within two miles of City Hall to obtain a permit and limits each group to two permits per park for a year.

That is yet another example of how corrupt and unjust our court system has become.

The funny thing is that some of these control freak politicians actually believe that they are “helping” the homeless by passing such laws.  In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has banned citizens from donating food directly to homeless shelters and he is actually convinced that it was the right thing to do for the homeless…

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again!

Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters.

Do you really think that the homeless care about the “salt, fat and fiber content” of their food?

Of course not.

They just want to eat.

It would be one thing if there were just a few isolated cities around the nation that were passing these kinds of laws.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  In fact, according to USA Today, more than 50 large cities have passed such laws…

Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

You can find many more examples of this phenomenon in one of my previous articles.

What in the world is happening to America?

The way that we treat the most vulnerable members of our society says a lot about who we are as a nation.

Sadly, it is not just our politicians that are becoming heartless.  Below, I have posted a copy of a letter that was sent to a family with a severely autistic child.  This happened up in Canada, but I think that it is a perfect example of how cold and heartless society is becoming…

Letter to family with severely autistic child

Can you believe that?

Hearts are growing cold at the same time that the need for love and compassion in our society is growing.

As I proved the other day, there has not been any economic recovery for most Americans, and a recent CNBC article echoed those sentiments…

How strong the economic recovery has been since the Great Recession ended in 2009 probably depends on viewpoint.

For those in the top 5 percent, the recovery has been pretty good.

As for the other 95 percent, well … maybe not so much.

Even though corporate profits have soared to record levels in recent years and Wall Street has boomed thanks to Federal Reserve money printing, most Americans are still really struggling.  The following very startling chart comes via Jim Quinn’s Burning Platform blog

Corporate Profits And Percentage Of US Population With A Job

The mainstream media continually insists that we are in an “economic recovery” and that the economy “is growing”, but median household income is actually 4.4 percent lower than it was when the last recession officially “ended”.

There aren’t nearly enough jobs for everyone anymore, and the quality of the jobs that do exist continues to decline at a frightening pace.

As a result, more Americans are being forced to turn to the government for help than ever before.  At this point, more than 100 million Americans are on welfare, and that does not even count programs such as Medicare or Social Security.

But nobody should ever look down on those that are getting government assistance.

The truth is that you might be next.

In fact, according to the Associated Press, four out of every five adults in the United States will “struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives”.

So don’t ever be afraid to feed the homeless or to assist someone in need.

Someday you might be the one that needs the help.

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143 Responses to "It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States"

  1. George Yonnone  August 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    We live in a Police state these days, spied on, ,eleagealy taxed,harassed, thteatened, not allowed to offer food to the needy, When are Americans going to take back there constitutional rights. Remember that the Gestapo work for you, as does your government. Sand up and take your government back. No one can take your constitutional rights away from you and you do not have to surrender them. Stand your ground. Unless a law has been ratified and Voted on and amended to the bill of rights, It is not a law at all. No one can make up a lay and enforce it, that is against the law. Treat it as it does not exist. The bill of rights is your laws of freedom to live by

  2. Jacob  August 29, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I would still feed them even if they arrest me, then ill do it again if after I am.

  3. mike robins  August 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    As ‘no, shoes, no shirt, no service’ laws were anti hippy, these laws are anti Occupy…and they have the insidious double jeopardy of implanting this subliminally in the minds of the homeless, that Occupy is responsible for their meals now going away…

  4. Michelle K  August 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    It is not illegal to give the homeless money. So next time they should give them each a quarter and then have them pay for the breakfast sandwich and coffee for a quarter. There is more than one way to get around such a bogus law. America is not what it used to be.

  5. Cat  August 30, 2013 at 5:58 am

    The politicians are merely ants all working for a queen. The plan is to kill off 6 billion people by starvation and poverty. Do some research for yourself.

    • santo  August 30, 2013 at 9:49 am

      You hit the nail right on the head.

  6. wtpayne  August 30, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Humans are tribal. Social structures are hierarchical. Behaviour is instinctive, and driven by biologically-determined roles. Different roles trigger different drives and instincts.

    Behavioural drives for humans in leadership roles are oriented around domination of the tribe; forcing other members of the tribe into passive/submissive roles. Many leadership actions (and laws) arise for no other purpose than to remind the rest of the tribe that they are in a subordinate role, and that they should not challenge authority.

  7. Gloria Acevedo  August 31, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Maybe the government feels as if they will solve the problem of homelessness by eradicating them by way of starvation… but really? How hateful do you have to be to deny someone food!? Would the government rather have them commit crimes to eat? No one is asking for help to purchase such food so where is the problem. Most of the homeless are mentally ill ( such as a good portion of our vets.) America has gone to hell :(

  8. Grim Hawker  August 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve been homeless for four years and still going. After reading this, it seems like they want to kill of the homeless. Most people think that we are all drug addicts and alcholics; which ain’t true. Don’t care if yall believe me or not, I’m actually sober. I panhandle for money and just survive. Alot of homeless are unable to get a job or a house because of thier past; like you did something bad enough to end up in prison or so mentally ill that you can not be able to keep yourself stable.
    If you ever see a homeless person, why don’t you take him or her over to McDonalds or Wendys or some fastfood joint and ask about their story. Been asked alot myself.

  9. j rogers  September 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Ok so you can’t feed the homeless – How about making this a friends only invite to a picnic ( It means getting all of their names ) – just get some basic invites printed off and invite your friends to a get together in a park or similar area – let them try and arrest you for that – as far as i know it’s never been against the law to have a picnic whatever time of the year !

  10. Edderd  September 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Too often, we get living in one anther’s hearts mixed up with living in one anther’s pockets.
    Yes peoples hearts are growing colder.
    It does not help to point fingers at business and blame them for making profits.

    It is wrong to not be able to feed folks, OK
    It is also wrong to not be able to hire folk to work.

    It is wrong for folk to abuse and steal from employers as well.

    Most people that complain have never tried to start a business and discover things like minimum wage State insurance etc.that STOP folks from being able to hire anyone.

    Then there is an existing businesses and the few that are able to get started confronting
    unions and even more encumbrances. The high ideals that may have been at the beginning of all the hard work are smothered by government and greed.

    Too often, we get living in one anther’s hearts mixed up with living in one anther’s pockets.

  11. aaa  September 24, 2013 at 7:14 am

    This law’s
    is so stupid and so inhuman that it’s mandatory to break them!!!


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