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Friday, January 14, 2011

Government stops volunteer outreach feeding homless in order to protect them.

Here, in this sad article about some volunteers feeding the homeless, we again have a powerful example of how ridiculous and stupid big government control has gotten:

Bobby and Amanda Herring spent more than a year providing food to homeless people in downtown Houston every day. They fed them, left behind no trash and doled out warm meals peacefully without a single crime being committed, Bobby Herring said. That ended two weeks ago when the city shut down their “Feed a Friend” effort for lack of a permit. And city officials say the couple most likely will not be able to obtain one. “We don’t really know what they want, we just think that they don’t want us down there feeding people,” said Bobby Herring, a Christian rapper who goes by the stage name Tre9.

Anyone serving food for public consumption, whether for the homeless or for sale, must have a permit, said Kathy Barton, a spokeswoman for the Health and Human Services Department. To get that permit, the food must be prepared in a certified kitchen with a certified food manager. The regulations are all the more essential in the case of the homeless, Barton said, because “poor people are the most vulnerable to foodborne illness and also are the least likely to have access to health care.”

Government’s beef with these volunteers is that they lack such a permit, and that they pose a risk of thus serving food that could potentially cause these homeless people to get ill. How noble! Protecting the homeless from food that might sicken them. I guess now that they no longer have these meals and are going to have to dumpster dive for food they are much better off. Maybe the intent is to make sure these homeless people get their food from government so they know where their bread is buttered come the next election?

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