Re: Should feeding the poor without permits be a crime?
Thu, 27 May 1999 17:36:32 EDT

Like any activity involving things that "attract" numbers of people (homeless 
or otherwise), ALL aspects of feeding operations need to be considered.
   A local example; the Salvation Army runs a mobile canteen truck to the 
edge of the local welfare office parking lot - right across the street from a 
residential area. They started doing this, without serious impact. Then they 
got the idea of dropping a picnic table there to "make things nicer". Well it 
might have been nicer for the 45 minutes of dining time; the rest of the time 
that table served as a open-air cocktail lounge for the 40 oz and Mad Dog 
set. Neighbors started getting pissed off.  The table was removed and the 
propblem resolved. People who feed homeless people need to be mindful of all 
ways their good intentions impact the immediate neighbors and the community 
at large. This is a bigger "quality of life" issue than the possibility of 
poorly prepared food.   Matt Parkhouse, RN, Colorado Springs, CO