Food, glorious food? Not so much.
You know how New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg doesn’t want poor people to drink soda?
Well, now he doesn’t want homeless people to eat donated food. Bloomberg has banned food donations.
Why? Because the city can’t determine its nutritional value:
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.
It’s the “no bagels for you” edict.
“I can’t give you something that’s a supplement to the food you already have? Sorry that’s wrong,” Richter said.
Richter has been collecting food from places like the Ohav Zedek synagogue and bringing it to homeless shelters for more than 20 years, but recently his donation, including a “cholent” or carrot stew, was turned away because the Bloomberg administration wants to monitor the salt, fat and fiber eaten by the homeless.
Read more at CBS New York.
It does not appear that the Bloomberg administration will provide rations to homeless shelters to fill the food donation void.
The larger question is, what has to happen for New Yorkers to demand that mayoral power wielded to enact these kinds of policies be reigned in?
More importantly, how will this limit on food help folks, especially homeless youth, to have at least one decent meal?
How can citizens work to counter these laws that inevitably punish those living in poverty?
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